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Betty J. Mazziotta

September 5, 1946 - July 10, 2018

Betty J. Mazziotta Betty J. Mazziotta, age 71, of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Betty was born September 5, 1946 in Bellwood, Pa. She married Joe Mazziotta on May 13, 2000 in Rockton and was employed at Bergners in Sterling for 33 years. Survivors include her husband of Sterling; two sons, Josh (Crystal) Whitaker and Russell Whitaker both of Fort...
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Patricia J. Little

June 3, 1975 - July 6, 2018

Patricia J. Little, 43, of Rock Falls, died on Friday, July 6, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on June 3, 1975 in Sterling to Thomas and Sandra (Lawrence) Little. She worked at Whiteside County Animal Control for many years. Patty enjoyed reading her Bible, exercising, listening to music and being around animals. Surviving are her mother, Sandra Clapper, of Rock Falls;...
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Dorothy M. Brown

December 13, 1929 - July 5, 2018

Dorothy M. Brown, 88, of Sterling, died on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on December 13, 1929 in Tampico to Walter and Betty (Peterson) Anderson. She married Robert Brown on January 22, 1949. He preceded her in death on February 6, 1998. Dorothy worked for the City of Sterling for many years and was also a Pink Lady at CGH Medical Center. She was...
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Garnett R. Stevens

April 20, 1933 - July 3, 2018

Garnett R. Stevens, Sr. Garnett R. Stevens, Sr., age 85, of Rock Falls, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. Mr. Stevens was born April 20, 1933 in Virginia the son of Frank and Mamie (Hicks) Stevens. He married Mary Aldridge on May 15, 1999. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a lifetime member of the Rock Falls VFW and a member of the...
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Nicholas C. Fiorini

May 17, 1951 - July 2, 2018

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Nicholas C. "Nick" Fiorini, 67, of Lakewood, Colorado, formerly of Rock Falls, IL, and Fort Myers, FL, died Monday, July 2, 2018, at the Collier Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Nick was born on May 17, 1951, in Sterling, Illinois, the son of Charles Bruno and JoAnne (Fletchic) Fiorini. He attended St. Andrew's Grade School in Rock Falls and graduated from Newman...
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Dawn D. Cheshier

June 27, 1965 - June 30, 2018

Dawn D. Cheshier, 53, of San Marcos, TX, formerly of Rock Falls, died on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at her home. She was born on June 27, 1965 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Roger and Ingrid (Helfert) Rogers. She married Martin Cheshier on July 3, 1986 in Austin, Texas. He preceded her in death on July 26, 2016. She is survived by her sons, Tech. Sgt. Martin Josef (Naomi) Cheshier of Austin...
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Raymond E. Albus

October 22, 1945 - June 29, 2018

NELSON – Ray Albus, 72 of Nelson died Friday June 29, 2018 at his home with his family by his side. He was born on October 22, 1945 in Rock Falls, the son of Virden Elmer and Viola Mae (Marshall) Albus and was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War having served in Vietnam from October 22, 1965 – September 29, 1967. Ray married LuAnn Lawrence on July 14, 1977 in Dixon. He was employed for 32...
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Judith Pinske

October 9, 1946 - June 29, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Judith L. Pinske, 71 of Rock Falls died Friday June 29, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on October 9, 1946 in Aurora, IL the daughter of Edward and Leona (Eichelberger) Musson. She married Richard Pinkse on November 12, 1966. Judy had worked at CGH Medical Center in Sterling in housekeeping for 14 years before retiring and was active with the CGH Health...
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Alice M. Hansen

August 6, 1937 - June 28, 2018

Alice M. (DeMay) Hansen Alice M. (DeMay) Hansen, age 80, of Prophetstown, died Thursday, June 28, 2018 at her home. Alice was born August 6, 1937 in Annawan, IL the daughter of Pete and Louise (Specht) DeMay. She married David F. Hansen on August 25, 1955 in Hernando, Miss. He preceded her in death on November 6, 2014. Dave and Alice owned and operated Dave's Service Station in...
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Deborah Mae Mitchem

January 6, 1945 - June 27, 2018

Deborah M. Mitchem, 73, of Rock Falls, died peacefully on Wednesday evening, June 27, 2018 at CGH Medical Center surrounded by her children. Deb was born on January 6, 1945 in Mercer County, West Virginia to Maynard and Rosa (Spencer) O'Dell. She married Jimmy Mitchem on April 26, 1963 in Virginia. He preceded her in death on January 13, 2007. Deb worked at Wahl Clipper for 13 years. ...
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William R. Bollman

October 10, 1959 - June 25, 2018

DIXON – William R. Bollman, age 58, died Monday, June 25, 2018 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. William was born on October 10, 1959 in Dixon the son of Rodney and Georgiana (Stiles) Bollman. He married Suzanne Beaman on May 5, 1990 in Dixon. William was employed for 19 years with the Highway Maintenance Department of the Illinois Department of Transportation in Dixon. Survivors include, his...
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Ruth F. Bohms

June 25, 1922 - June 24, 2018

Waukesha, Wis., - Ruth F. Bohms, formerly of Rock Falls, age 95, Entered into Heaven Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Angels Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc, Wis. with her family at her side. Ruth was born on June 25, 1922 in Oak Harbor, Ohio the daughter of Noah and Anna (Gardner) LaBine. She married Harold A. Bohms on November 11, 1943 in Rock Falls. He died on January 11, 1998. Ruth worked...
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Jorge Serena Garibay

January 25, 1930 - June 24, 2018

Jorge Serena Garibay, 88, of Sterling, died on Sunday morning, June 24, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on January 25, 1930 in Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico to Ramon Garibay Ortega and Emilia Serena Izarraraz. He was united in marriage to Maria Pilar Silva on October 13, 1956 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Chicago. Mary preceded him in death on January 24, 2014....
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Antonia "Tony" Echebarria

July 19, 1944 - June 23, 2018

STERLING – Antonio "Tony" Echebarria, age 73, died Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Citadel of Sterling. Tony was born on July 19, 1944 in Sterling the son of Exiquio and Maria (Rodriguez) Echebarria. He was employed as a Machinist for 15 years with the Sterling Foundry. Tony was a member of the former Tabernacle Christian Church in Sterling. Survivors include, one sister, Maria Moncivias...
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Donald Gascoigne

January 14, 1965 - June 22, 2018

STERLING – Donald E. Gascoigne, 53 of rural Sterling died peacefully Friday June 22, 2018 at his home. He was born on January 14, 1965 in Dixon, the son of Donald Ray and Kathleen Mary (Payne) Gascoigne. He attended St. Mary School in Dixon and was a 1983 graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling. He married Joan Schultz on August 17, 1985 in Sterling. Don had been a farmer...
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Robert E. Houck

April 13, 1931 - June 21, 2018

FRANKLIN GROVE – Robert E. Houck, age 87, formerly of Rock Falls died Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Meadows Assisted Living in Franklin Grove. Robert was born on April 13, 1931 in Woosung the son of John and Sadie (Farster) Houck. He married Ruth Marshall on December 31, 1960 in LeClaire, Iowa. She died October 17, 2009. His greatest joys came in sharing his loving, kindness to children; and...
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Donald S. Mulnix

July 30, 1944 - June 19, 2018

Donald S. Mulnix Donald S. Mulnix, age 73, of Morrison, died Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa. Donald was born July 30, 1944 in Carroll County, IL the son of Virgil and Grace (Paschal) Mulnix. He served in the US Army and later was employed at GE for 34 years retiring on November 1, 2000. Survivors include two daughters, Tamara (Edward) Hamilton of Clinton,...
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Allen E. Crotts, Sr.

March 9, 1937 - June 19, 2018

GALESBURG – Allen E. Crotts, Sr., age 81, formerly of Rock Falls died Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Marigold Nursing and Rehabilitation in Galesburg. Allen was born on March 9, 1937 in Rock Falls the son of Frank and Bertha (Alexander) Crotts. He married Dorothea Craig on October 25, 1975 in Prophetstown. She died February 24, 2005. Allen was employed with Micro Industries retiring in 1998. ...
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Marilyn Unterzuber

September 26, 1930 - June 19, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Marilyn K. (Vary) Unterzuber, 87 of Rock Falls died Tuesday June 19, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. She was born on September 26, 1930 in Jewell, Iowa the daughter of Elbert E. and Marie Nora (Johnson) Vary and had attended Sterling High School. She married Robert L. Unterzuber on March 7, 1948 in Sterling and had been married for 66 years when he died May 23,...
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Mary Parker

March 27, 1933 - June 17, 2018

GALT, IL – Mary R. Parker, 85 of Galt died Sunday June 17, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on March 27, 1933 in Dothan, Alabama the daughter of Thornton Earl and Grace Ruth (Collins) Stees. She married Charles F. Parker on October 27, 1951 in Dixon. He died January 22, 2014. Mary had worked for many years in dietary at the former Dixon State School. She was a member of St....
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Lawrence William Nelson

October 19, 1925 - June 14, 2018

Lawrence W. Nelson Lawrence W. Nelson, age 92, of Nelson, died Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Larry was born October 19, 1925 in Clinton, Iowa the son of Harry and June (Thompson) Nelson. He served in the US Navy during WWII as Radioman Third Class and later married Florence Shonka in November of 1950 in Clinton, Iowa. She preceded him in death on July...
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Caryl Westlund

February 27, 1929 - June 10, 2018

L. Caryl Westlund, 89, of Prophetstown, died on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Prophets Good Samaritan Home in Prophetstown. She was born on February 27, 1929 in Kewanee to C. Russell and Ethel (Stephens_ Thurwachter. She married Gene T. Westlund on August 7, 1948 in Kewanee. He preceded her in death on July 23, 1998. Surviving is her daughter, Jeanne (Steven) Peska, of Rock Falls; 3 sons, Tom ...
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Georgea Mae Clever

February 15, 1923 - June 9, 2018

Georgea Mae Clever, 95, of Prophetstown, died on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on February 15, 1923 in Rock Falls to George and Charlotte (Penny) Sprankle. She married George Clever on December 22, 1945. He preceded her in death. She was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Prophetstown. Georgea enjoyed needle work, crocheting and gardening. ...
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Ruth Arlene Borth

August 19, 1929 - June 9, 2018

POLO – Ruth A. Borth, age 88, formerly of Milledgeville, died Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Polo Rehab and Health Center, Polo. Ruth was born on August 19, 1929 in Milledgeville the daughter of John L. and Marie T. (Winkey) Schryver. She married William Borth on November 25, 1964 in Milledgeville. Ruth was employed as a Secretary with Central Quality in Polo. She was a member and church...
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Robert W. Cheshier

August 13, 1928 - June 8, 2018

STERLING – Robert W. Cheshier, 89 of Sterling died Friday June 8, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on August 13, 1928 in Vandalia, IL the son of Wilson and Zola (Helm) Cheshier. He married Dorothy Harrison on July 22, 1950 at St Patricks Catholic Church in Amboy. Robert was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sterling and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of...
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Janet R. Hallman

June 1, 1943 - June 7, 2018

DIXON- Janet R. Hallman, age 75, died peacefully at her home in Dixon Thursday, June 7, 2018. Janet was born on June 1, 1943 in Mankato, Minn. the daughter of Victor and Norene (Severns) Freeberg. Janet married George Hallman on May 9, 1964 in Mankato, Minn and were married for 52 years. She was Owner and Operator of several area businesses with George. She loved to travel and cruising. ...
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James R. Hollaway, Jr.

July 24, 1989 - June 4, 2018

James R. Hollaway, Jr., 28, of Memphis, formerly of Rock Falls, died on Monday, June 4, 2018 in Memphis, Tenn. He was born on July 24, 1989 in Long Beach, Calif. to James Hollaway and Kelli Larkin. Jim enjoyed horses, being outdoors, and spending time with his friends. He moved to Memphis two months ago to start a new job and a new life. He is survived by his father, James (Dawn)...
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Mark Girton

December 19, 1959 - May 30, 2018


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Mark E. Girton

December 19, 1959 - May 30, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Mark W. Girton, 58 of Rock Falls died Wednesday May 30, 2018. He was born on December 19, 1959 in Sterling, the son of Edward William and Sierra Sue (Hager) Girton. He had worked at various occupations throughout his life. Mark enjoyed riding his bike, camping and fishing. He loved his family and friends and his favorite place was the river. Survivors include his parents Sue ...
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Randall W. Randy Dugger

May 31, 1968 - May 29, 2018

Randall W. "Randy" Dugger, 49 of Dallas and formerly of Rock Falls died Tuesday May 29, 2018 at his home. He was born on May 31, 1968 in Dixon, IL the son of William and Hazel Beatrice (Shortt) Dugger. He attended Rock Falls schools. He married Ann Marie Ortiz on February 14, 1997. Randy had worked at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co when he lived in Rock Falls. After moving to Texas,...
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Sylvia J. Myers

November 9, 1934 - May 29, 2018

STERLING – Sylvia Jean Myers, 83 of Sterling died Tuesday May 29, 2018 at her home with her family by her side. She was born on November 9, 1934 in Knoxville, TN the daughter of Chairey and Pansy Pauline (Couch) Hutchinson. She married Ray Mincey on October 17, 1953. She later married Arnold Myers in July 1975. He died February 5, 2012. Sylvia had worked in customer service at the Sterling...
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George Tiemann

November 21, 1940 - May 27, 2018

LYNDON, IL – George E. "Poppy" Tiemann, 77 formerly of Lyndon died Sunday May 27, 2018 in Henderson, TX. He was born on November 21, 1940 in Detroit, MI the son of Henry H. and Regina M (Apfelbacher) Tiemann. He married Clara Barlow on January 28, 1961. She died October 17, 2000. He then married Helen L. Hardy of Wyoming, IL on October 21, 2001. She died November 14, 2014. He then married...
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Joyce A. Hemminger

November 21, 1942 - May 23, 2018

Joyce A. Hemminger, 75, of Rock Falls, died on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Joyce was born on November 21, 1942 in Sterling to Edward and Fanny (Clapper) Roberts. She is survived by her daughters, Jodi (Alex) Wade of Prophetstown and Jessica Hawley of Morrison; sisters, Edith Tarbill of Sterling and Joan Willis of Rock Falls; a brother, Jack Roberts of...
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Marian E. Hiland

August 11, 1920 - May 22, 2018

Celebration of Life - Marian E. Hiland, 97, of Prophetstown, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at home surrounded by her family. Cremation rites were accorded and a private graveside service was held on Friday, May 25, at Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown. Please join us in a celebration of Marian's life, to be held on Monday, July 2, 2018, at the Lyndon Area Historical Society Chapel ...
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Jane M. Rockwell

April 1, 1931 - May 22, 2018

Jane M. Rockwell Jane M. Rockwell, age 87, of Dixon, formerly of Rock Falls and Tampico, died Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Liberty Court in Dixon. Jane was born April 1, 1931 in Sterling the daughter of Jesse and Demarius Adele (Robinson) Warner. She was a 1950 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Sterling and later met and married the love of her life, Lowell D. Rockwell, on May 7, 1951...
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Marian E. Hiland

August 11, 1920 - May 22, 2018

Prophetstown- Marian E. Hiland, 97, of Prophetstown, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, May 22, 2018 at home surrounded by her family. She was born at home near Lyndon on August 11, 1920 to Frank and Nellie (Allen) Eads. She graduated from Lyndon High School in 1938, and then attended Northern Illinois Teachers' College in Dekalb, obtaining a teaching certificate in 1940. Marian...
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Richard J. Strong

May 4, 1936 - May 20, 2018

Richard J. Strong, age 82, of Sterling, died Sunday, May 20, 2018 at his home in Sterling. Richard was born May 4, 1936 in Atchison, Kan. the son of Albert and Irene (VanDyke) Strong. He served in the US Marine Corps and later married Carolyn Ortscheid on December 31, 1960 in Rock Island. Richard was a teacher at Challand Middle School for 32 years retiring in 1999. He had previously taught...
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Esther Mae Jones

February 26, 1937 - May 16, 2018

Esther Mae Wallace Long Jones Esther Mae Wallace Long Jones, age 81, of Sterling, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Central Dupage Hospital in Winfield. Esther was born February 26, 1937 the daughter of James and Winnie (McGee) Wallace. She moved to Sterling in 1968 and was employed at the Dixon State School. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and enjoyed praying, family, walking,...
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George Albert Logan, Jr.

July 8, 1927 - May 14, 2018

George A. Logan passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 14 surrounded by his immediate family. George was born July 8, 1927 in Rock Falls, the son of Ernest O. and Mary (Smith) Logan. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1945 and was a life-long resident of Rock Falls. Upon graduation George joined the US Army and served during World War II from 1945-47. He was a member of...
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Charles Henry Vos

September 15, 1923 - May 12, 2018

Charles H. Vos, 94, of Fulton, formerly of Albany, died on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton. He was born on September 15, 1923 in Galesburg, ND to Henry and Emma Vos. He married Lois Harvey on March 28, 1952 in Albany. She preceded him in death on March 25, 2016. He was a WW II veteran serving in the US Navy from 1944-1946. Charles farmed for many years...
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John M. Dunaway

February 19, 1935 - May 12, 2018

John M. Dunaway, age 83, of Sterling, died Saturday, May 12, 2018 at his home. John was born February 19, 1935 in Decatur the son of Noah and Marguerite (York) Dunaway. He served in the US Air Force and later graduated from the draftsman trade school at Oklahoma State University. John married Carolyn Turner on November 23, 1957 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Lancaster, Ohio....
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Antonio M. Castillo

July 31, 1932 - May 12, 2018

Antonio M. Castillo, age 85 of Sterling, died Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. Antonio was born on July 31, 1932 in San Benito, Texas, the son of Jose and Teresa (Martinez) Castillo. He married Dominga Castaneda on January 11, 1959. She preceded him in death on June 25, 1984. Antonio worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 35 years until retirement. Survivors include...
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Paul Van Oosten

June 5, 1923 - May 9, 2018

Paul Van Oosten, 94, of Sterling, died on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Rock River Home and Hospice. He was born on June 5, 1923 in Newton Township to Adolf and Marie (Lantinga) Van Oosten. He married Frances Stultz on November 15, 1946 in Dixon. Paul served proudly in the US Marine Corps during WWII during China, Guam and Iwojima. He was a concrete driver for Sterling-Rock Falls Ready Mix...
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Jean M. Wagenknecht

February 10, 1930 - May 9, 2018

Jean Marie Wagenknecht, age 88 of Sterling, died Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. Jean was born on February 10, 1930 in Janesville, WI, the daughter of Oliver and Hazel (Swanson) Haugen. She married William C. Wagenknecht on Sept 7, 1951 in Sterling; he preceded her in death on December 29, 1998. Jean worked at Sowles Dry Goods and Ready to Wear in Rock Falls for 27 years...
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Marjorie L. Brotheridge

July 3, 1919 - May 9, 2018

Marjorie L. Brotheridge, age 98 of Sterling, died Wednesday, May 09, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. Marjorie was born on July 3, 1919 in Sterling, the daughter of Edward and Ruth (Macfarlane) Pexton. She married Robert A. Brotheridge on November 7, 1937 in Clinton, IA. He preceded her in death on July 12, 2007. Marjorie worked at Frantz Manufacturing. She enjoyed doing crafts, reading and...
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James Preston Starling

October 10, 1947 - May 8, 2018

James Preston "Sweet Coc" (name originated from his love of Coca Cola) Starling, 70, of Prophetstown, IL, formerly of Des Moines, IA, and Rock Island, IL., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Winning Wheels Comprehensive Rehabilitative Care. Due to an accident, he spent the last 17 years of his life in comprehensive care. He accepted this period with great...
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Wilma I. Stewart

May 17, 1934 - May 7, 2018

Wilma I. Stewart, 83, of Galena, formerly of Milledgeville, left this world on Monday, May 7, 2018 to join her Savior in Heaven. Wilma was born on May 17, 1934 in rural Chadwick to Edward and Helen (Davis) Loechel. She was raised by her grandparents, Charles and Lena Davis. On May 17, 1953 she was united in marriage to Roland Stewart in Coleta. Wilma attended Walker School and...
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Howard A. Boostrom

February 21, 1925 - May 7, 2018

Howard A. Boostrom Howard A. Boostrom, age 93, of Sterling, died Monday, May 7, 2018, at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Howard was born February 21, 1925 in Galva the son of Carl and Gladys (Larson) Boostrom. He graduated from Galva High School in 1942 and entered the US Navy in May of 1943, serving in the South Pacific during WWII. He was discharged in January of 1946. Howard...
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MaryLou Meyer

February 8, 1927 - May 5, 2018

STERLING – MaryLou E. Meyer, 91 of Sterling died Saturday May 5, 2018 at the Citadel of Sterling. She was born on February 8, 1927 near Morrison, IL the daughter of William and Jennie (Taylor) Frankfother. She married Melvin F. Meyer on November 11, 1945 near Polo at Brick Church. He died August 11, 2000. MaryLou had worked as a switchboard operator for Illinois Bell and also back when CGH...
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Lawrence "Larry" Eggleston

October 13, 1933 - May 5, 2018

STERLING - Mr. Lawrence "Larry" Paul Eggleston, born on October 13, 1933 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, to the late Sylvia and Wilbur Eggleston , passed away at age 84 on May 5, 2018 at the Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, Illinois surrounded by his wife and children. Larry's faith in Christ and love of his family was evident to the end. He was involved all of his life in the church,...
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Esther Marie Cummings

April 20, 1920 - May 3, 2018

Esther Marie Cummings, age 98, formerly of Sterling, IL, passed away peacefully at her home in Tigard, Oregon, on Thursday morning, May 3, 2018, following an extended recovery period from a broken hip. She was born on April 20, 1920, in Charlotte, Iowa, and married Albert L Cummings on July 30, 1938, in Clinton, Iowa. She lived her life solely for her family and was happiest when she was doing...
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Darlene F Easley

April 14, 1943 - May 3, 2018

Darlene F. Easley, age 75 of Prophetstown, died Thursday, May 3, 2018 at her home. Darlene was born on April 14, 1943, the daughter of Richard and Dora (Backer) Brinkman. She is survived by her son, Mike Mendenhall of Prophetstown; two sisters, Sharon Brinkman and Carol Brinkman; two brothers, Bill Brinkman and Brian Brinkman; two grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in...
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Janice M. Calandri

November 20, 1926 - May 2, 2018

Janice M. Calandri Janice M. Calandri, age 91, of Moline, formerly of Cordova, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Rosewood Care Center in Moline. Janice was born November 20, 1926 in Sterling, the daughter of Clarence and Lepha (Sherman) Humphrey. She married Junior Wiens and had two children, Pamela and Kevin. Later, she married Raymond Calandri on...
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Dwight J. Hoogheem

July 28, 1926 - May 2, 2018

Dwight J. Hoogheem, 91, of Fulton, IL, died Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton, IL. Dwight was born July 28, 1926, in Clinton, IA; the son of John and Janetta (Sikkema) Hoogheem. He married Irma Brondyke on June 28, 1949, in Albany, IL; she survives. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He was employed by Agrico Chemical Company, Fulton, IL for 26 years, then...
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Isola Toby Irwin

December 18, 1936 - May 2, 2018

Isola M. "Toby" Irwin, 81, of Rock Falls, died on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. Toby was born on December 18, 1936 in Moweaqua, Ill. to Aubry D. and Hazel F. (Mullen) Stringer. She married Larry Lee Irwin on June 30, 1972 in Rock Falls. She baby sat many children for several years. She is survived by her husband Larry, of Rock Falls; her daughters, Mary ...
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Amber Washam

January 30, 1980 - April 30, 2018

STERLING – Amber F. Washam, 38 died Monday April 30, 2018. She was born on January 30, 1980 in Sterling. Amber recently had worked at Comfort Inn of Rock Falls. Survivors include her parents, Tammy (Keith) Tompkins of Rock Falls; her daughter Hannah Washam of Sterling; her maternal grandparents, Sam (Pat) Skinner of Rock Falls; her brothers: Joshua Tompkins of Sterling, Justin (Jennifer)...
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Donald W. Lauts

June 18, 1931 - April 29, 2018

Donald W. Lauts, 86 Donald Wayne Lauts, 86, a lifelong resident of Emerson, died Sunday, April 29, 2018. He was born June 18, 1931 in Prairieville, the second son of Herbert and Anna (Reins) Lauts. Don enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951 and served in the Korean Conflict. He was discharged in 1954, having attained the rank of Sergeant. After returning from Korea, Don met and married Dorothy...
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Wanda D. Hinrichs

April 3, 1925 - April 28, 2018

Wanda D. Hinrichs, 93 of Sterling, died Saturday, April 28, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Wanda was born on April 3, 1925 in Milledgeville, the daughter of Paul H. and Lula M. (Kendall) Smith. She married Harold "Bud" Hinrichs on December 11, 1946 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on December 26, 1984. Wanda was a Foster Grandparent for Sterling Schools for ten years and retired...
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Nellie L. Colley

February 23, 1926 - April 27, 2018

Nellie LaVern Colley Nellie LaVern Colley, 92, died Friday, April 27, 2018 at Dixon Rehab and Health Care Center. Nellie was born on February 23, 1926 in Rock Falls, the daughter of Joseph and Florence (Sanders) Popejoy. She married Hubert Colley on December 13, 1948 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on November 28, 1995. She was an avid BINGO player, a lifetime member of the Rock Falls...
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Arthur Leon Gillihan

December 31, 1942 - April 27, 2018

Arthur (Leon) Gillihan, 75 of Rock Falls, IL passed away peacefully Friday, April 27, 2018 at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood surrounded by his family who loved him very much. Leon was born December 31, 1942 in Gorby, AR to Alex and Dora (Smith) Gillihan. He married his high school sweet heart, Lena Sherrill on July 2, 1960. Leon's greatest joy was his family. He enjoyed attending...
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James D. Partridge

January 13, 1927 - April 26, 2018

James Douglas Partridge, 91 of Sterling, died Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. James was born on January 13, 1927 in Dixon, the son of Hector and Mabel (Dettman) Partridge. He is a United States Army Veteran and served in WWII as a Private First Class. James then joined the Army National Guard and retired as Sergeant First Class. He married Trudy Lambert on...
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Leola Mae Pitts

April 30, 1933 - April 25, 2018

Leola M. Pitts, 84, of Sterling, died on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home. She was born on April 30, 1933 in Sterling to Leo Ray and Alva Mae (Shook) Hinrichs. She married Gene Morgan. She later married Raymond Pitts in 2007. Leola worked for Lawrence Brothers as a supervisor for 19 years until retiring in 1977. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Evangelical...
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Joseph C. McDonald

December 3, 1937 - April 24, 2018

NESLON, IL – Joseph C. McDonald, 80 of Nelson died April 24, 2018. Our dad was born on December 3, 1937 in Rock Falls, the son of Clarence J. "Bun" and Josephine M. (Genz) McDonald. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Nelson, his mother's home town which became his lifelong home. He attended Nelson Grade School and was a 1955 graduate of Community Catholic High School in Sterling. ...
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Louis "Joe" Valente

June 2, 1950 - April 22, 2018

Louis M. "Joe" Valente, 67 of Rock Falls died Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Joe was born on June 2, 1950 in Sterling, the son of Michael J. and Joan C. (Posada) Valente. He worked at Lawrence Brothers for 5 years until October of 1975. He was an avid billiards player. Joe became the kind of player that he had always respected. It was his love of family...
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Marvin E. Wallace

April 23, 1923 - April 22, 2018

Marvin E. Wallace, 94 died Sunday April 22, 2018. He was born on April 23, 1923 in Rock Falls, the son of Clarence and Bernice (Stroup) Wallace. He attended and graduated from Rock Falls Schools and High School. He married Carmen Bohms on November 23, 1943 in Rock Falls. She died October 31, 2000. Marvin was a member of Immanuel Ev Lutheran Church in Rock Falls since 1946. He was custodian of...
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Jack Wohlstadter

February 4, 1932 - April 22, 2018

Jack Valentine Wohlstadter, 86, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Dixon Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Dixon. Jack was born in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Henry Louis and Edna Phillipina (Richars) Wohlstadter on February 4, 1932. Jack attended Woodward Elementary (K thru 8th grade) and Cleveland High School, graduating in 1950.He had been a member of the Cleveland High School Gym...
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Vada B. Lansford

June 24, 1927 - April 20, 2018

Vada B. (Fields) Lansford of Rock Falls died peacefully Friday April 20, 2018 at CGH Medical Center. Vada was born on June 24, 1927 in Sterling the daughter of George W and Hazel E. (Eichelberger) Fields. She attended Sterling schools and graduated from Rock Falls High School. On December 7, 1946 she married Leslie E. "Pete" Lansford. He died December 8, 1980. She worked for several stores...
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Daniel Henson

April 29, 1946 - April 20, 2018

Daniel J. Henson, 71 of Sterling died Friday April 20, 2018 at his home following an illness. He was born on April 29, 1946 in Sterling, the son of Donald and Florence (Marcrum) Henson. He married Linda Smith. He later married Clarise K. Hunsberger on May 28, 1988. Dan served in the US Army for over 21 years retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant. Dan then went to work at Frantz Bearing...
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Robert Durant

December 22, 1961 - April 19, 2018

Robert W. Durant, 56 of Rock Falls died Thursday April 19, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on December 22, 1961 in Sterling the son of Robert and Donna (Beaver) Durant. He was in the US Navy from 1979 – 1983 having severed on the USS Saratoga. He married Pamela F. Parrott on September 15, 1995. At the time of his death, Robert was working at Mallard Manufacturing in...
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Catherine Shuman

March 30, 1953 - April 18, 2018

Catherine "Cathy" Shuman, 65 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Cathy was born on March 30, 1953 in Cook County, the daughter of Dewey and Rose (Gordon) Chattin. She married Lester Shuman on July 9, 2004 in Morrison. Cathy worked as a LPN for home health care for many years. Survivors include her husband, Lester; her son, Christopher ...
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Helen Sanders

August 7, 1929 - April 17, 2018

Helen Marie Hinz Sanders, 88, of Rock Falls, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Helen was born on August 7, 1929 in Charlotte, Iowa the daughter of William and Hulda Hinz. She married the late Sedrick M. Sanders on September 3, 1949. He died on January 23, 2003. Helen enjoyed playing the violin, cooking, and reading. She was active in...
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Kenneth W. Jay

December 27, 1926 - April 17, 2018

Kenneth W. Jay, age 91, of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Unity Point in Rock Island. Kenneth was born December 27, 1926 in Neodasha, Kan. the son of Oscar and Lillian (Biddle) Jay. He served in the US Navy during WWII and later was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for over 30 years. He married Margery Miller on March 19, 1949 in Peoria. She preceded him in...
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Louise M. Myers

March 9, 1928 - April 13, 2018

Louise M. Myers, 90 of Sterling, died Friday, April 13, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Louise was born on March 9, 1928 in Holdrege, NE, the daughter of Burt and Bessie (Norval) Englund. She married Vern J. Myers on October 13, 1945 in Girard, KS. He preceded her in death on November 14, 1997. Louise worked for Gear Corp as a finisher for 18 years, retiring in 1980. She was a member...
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Barbara J. Gillette

July 19, 1959 - April 12, 2018

Barbara J. Gillette, age 58, died Thursday, April 12, 2018 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Barbara was born on July 19, 1959 in Sterling the daughter of Richard and Dorothy (Jones) Gillette. She married Michael W. Greeno on November 5, 1977 in Lyndon. Barb later married Phil Kuehl in May of 2001. She was co-owner and operator of Kuehl's Pub in Prophetstown for several years. Barb was an...
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Todd R. Dewald

May 18, 1966 - April 11, 2018

Todd R. Dewald, 51, of Tampico, died on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on May 18, 1966 in Sterling to Craig G. and Barbara (Wolber) Dewald. He was united in marriage to Julie White on June 28, 1986 in Walnut. Todd worked for National Manufacturing Company for 22 years and Rock River Lumber and Grain for the last 8 years. Todd raised mules and...
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Diane Little

June 7, 1945 - April 11, 2018

Diane Little, age 72 of Sterling, died Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Diane was born on June 7, 1945 in North Dakota, the daughter of John and Mary (Heintz) Tschosik. She married John C. Little on October 15, 1966 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. He preceded her in death on June 30, 1994. Diane worked in food service all her life and retired from...
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John A. Krueger

July 10, 1946 - April 10, 2018

John Alvin Krueger, age 71 of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Mercy Health Center in Rockford. John was born on July 10, 1946 in Mankato, MN, the son of Clarence and Lavola (Miller) Krueger. He is a United States Marine Veteran. John served in the Vietnam War and is a Purple Heart recipient. He married Jane Bell on October 22, 1977 in Rock Falls. He was a truck driver and drove for...
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Henry B. Cassens

November 12, 1937 - April 10, 2018

Henry B. Cassens, age 80, of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. Henry was born November 12, 1937 in Sterling the son of Vernon and Leona (Johnson) Cassens. He married Beverly Turek on September 10, 1960 in Polo and was employed at several window manufacturing companies. Survivors include his wife of Sterling; four sons, Jeffrey (Kathleen)...
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Rockie Penaflor

August 27, 1927 - April 9, 2018

Rockie Penaflor (Mr. Rockie) passed away on April 9th, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. He was 90 years old. Mr. Peñaflor was born on August 27th,1927 in Deming, New Mexico to his parents, Felipé and Angela Peñaflor. Rockie was raised in his beloved Rocky Mountains of Claremont, Wyoming until his family moved to Sterling at age 13. He married Mary Lou Dunaven on July 14th, 1948....
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Jeffrey L. White

March 23, 1955 - April 8, 2018

Jeffrey L. White, age 63, died Sunday April 8, 2018 at Genesis East Medical Center, Davenport, Iowa. Jeff was born on March 23, 1955 in Dixon the son of Charles M. and Phyllis (Rhodes) White. He was employed with Northwestern Steel & Wire, Sterling for 20 years. He was a member of Local 727 as a Truck Driver for Austin Powder/Dyno Nobel companies. Jeff enjoyed gardening, was an avid Seattle...
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Terry L. Heeren

September 10, 1947 - April 6, 2018

Terry L. Heeren, age 70, of Rock Falls, died Friday, April 6, 2018, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Terry was born September 10, 1947 in Princeton the son of Fred "Pete" and Rita (Saathoff) Heeren. He was a 1965 graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling. Terry served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War and later was employed as the head of the mail room at the Rockford...
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Mary 'Joyce' Franklin

January 2, 1952 - April 5, 2018

Mary "Joyce" Franklin, 66 of Polo, died Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Joyce was born on January 2, 1952 in Evansville, IN, the daughter of Charles and Mary Jane (Lynch) Williams. She graduated from Mendota High School in 1970 then graduated from IVCC in 1972 from the Nursing Program. She worked for 34 years as a Registered Nurse in the OB department at...
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Marilyn J. Jackley

June 3, 1931 - April 2, 2018

Marilyn J. Jackley, age 86, of Sterling, died Monday, April 2, 2018, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Visitation will be Friday, April 6, 2018, from 10 – 11:00 AM at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Pastor Richard Hillenbrand officiating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sterling.
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Othel "Ozzie" Osborn

December 28, 1933 - March 29, 2018

Othel "Ozzie" Osborn, 84 of Prophetstown, died Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Ozzie was born on December 28, 1933 in Carbondale Twp, IL, the son of Charlie C. and Violet (Ward) Osborn. He was married to Yvonne Albus for 27 years, together they had two children, Rick and Marty. He then married Charlotte P. McKenna in June 1982 in Coleta. She preceded...
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Audrey J. Brockman

July 8, 1929 - March 29, 2018

Audrey J. Brockman, 88 of Rock Falls died Thursday March 29, 2018 at Citadel of Sterling. She was born on July 8, 1929 in Earlville, IL the daughter of Cloyd and Nancy (Garrison) Cook. She married Robert A. Brockman July 31, 1949 in Sterling. He died February 27, 2015. Audrey had worked in retail in the Sterling area. She was a member of Good Shephard Lutheran Church in Rock Falls and was a...
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Angela J. Jordan

May 11, 1959 - March 28, 2018

Angela J. Jordan, 58, of Sterling, died on Wednesday evening, March 28, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on May 11, 1959 in Salina, Kansas to Virgil and Harriet (Sutton) Van Derryt. She married Chris Jordan in 2007 in Rock Island. Angela was an inventory specialist with Ray-O-Vac for 9 years. She was a member of Abiding Word Church in Sterling and was an avid Chicago...
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William T. Williams

June 14, 1932 - March 28, 2018

William T. Williams, age 85 of Sterling, died Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at his home. William was born on June 14, 1932 in Rolla, Missouri, the son of Vernon and Irene (Murphy) Williams. He married Lois J. Tarbill on October 22, 1951 in Sterling. William was a truck driver for over 40 years and retired from Roadway Trucking. He was a lifelong member of the Rock Falls Eagle's Club. Survivors...
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Richard T. Horn

December 16, 1933 - March 27, 2018

Richard T. Horn, 84, of Morrison, died on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on December 16, 1933 in Ladora, Iowa to Frank and Martha (Timm) Horn. He married Sondra Stover on September 17, 1960 in Knoxville, Iowa. Richard was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Morrison, and retired from Morrison Institute of Technology as an instructor. ...
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Pat Wiles

April 14, 1937 - March 27, 2018

Pat Wiles, age 80 of Sterling, died Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Pat was born on April 14, 1937 in Princeton. She married Allen Wiles on December 31, 1965. Pat retired from Kirlin's Hallmark in Sterling. She was a member of the 16th Avenue Church of Christ in Sterling. Survivors include her husband, Allen; two daughters, Debra and Penny; one son, Chuck...
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Sonia K. Larson

September 11, 1937 - March 26, 2018

Sonia K. Larson, age 80, died Monday, March 26, 2018 at the Rock River Hospice House, Sterling. Sonia was born on September 11, 1937 in Dawson, Minn. the daughter of Olaf and Alice (Shaffer) Peterson. She married James L. Larson on October 21, 1958 in Sterling. He died January 24, 1992. Sonia was employed as a Caregiver with Dors in Rock Falls. Survivors include, four daughters, Dawn ...
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Brandi J Laughlin

January 13, 1979 - March 26, 2018

Brandi J. Laughlin, 39 of Rock Falls died Monday March 26, 2018 at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born on January 13, 1979 in Sterling the daughter of Joseph and Renee (Zentz) Sibley. Brandi had earned her associates degree in Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse, working in family practice and dermatology for over 12 years before deciding to spend more time with her...
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Brent Ricks

November 22, 1960 - March 24, 2018

Brent Edward Ricks It is with great sadness that the family of Brent Ricks announces his unexpected passing on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the age of 57 years, in Houston, Texas. Brent was born November 22, 1960 in Sterling, the son of Edward and Nancy (Eshleman) Ricks. He was a 1978 graduate of Rock Falls High School. He attended Northern Illinois University. After college, Brent worked at...
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Curtis Varney

January 12, 1929 - March 22, 2018

Curtis D. Varney, 89 of Sterling died Thursday March 22, 2018. He was born on January 12, 1929 in Sterling the son Elmer and Frances (Curtis) Varney and was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Army. He married Rosemary Blase on August 11, 1957 in Oregon, IL. She died July 12, 2005. He later married Ramona (Rice) Elmendorf on December 28, 2007 in Rock Falls. Curtis had farmed...
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Rose J. Thompson

June 28, 1934 - March 22, 2018

Rose J. Thompson, age 83 of Sterling, died Thursday, March 22, 2018 at her home. Rose was born on June 28, 1934 in Amboy, the daughter of Ray and Dorothy Newman. She married John Hinton. He preceded her in death. She then married Roy "Skip" Thompson on January 7, 2006 in Dixon. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Sterling. Survivors include her husband, Roy;...
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Leonard E. Prew

August 28, 1926 - March 21, 2018

STERLING – Leonard E. Prew, age 91, died Wednesday March 21, 2018 at Rock River Hospice & Home, Sterling. Leonard was born August 28, 1926 in Dixon the son of Louis and Rose (Rietz) Prew. He married Doris Boehm on July 17, 1949. She died November 5, 1997. Later he married Marilyn Jones-Mosher on October 17, 1998. Leonard was employed as the head of the accounting department and assistant...
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Robert E. Wiersema

May 19, 1941 - March 20, 2018

MORRISON – Robert E. Wiersema, 76 died Tuesday March 20, 2018 at Morrison Community Hospital. He was born on May 19, 1941 in Fulton, the son of Jacob and Jeanette (Wierema) Wiersema. Bob was a gentle soul who loved spending time with his family and friends and making them laugh with his special sense of humor. He enjoyed a long career as a head cook and kitchen manager for various local...
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Sally A. Pope

June 21, 1934 - March 20, 2018

Sally A. Pope, age 83, of Sterling, died Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Regency Care of Sterling. Sally was born in Joliet the daughter of Dee and Mary (Whiteman) Maxwell. She married Walter Pope on September 15, 1956 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on July 9, 2001. She was employed as a nurse's aide at the Plainfield Nursing Home. Survivors include one daughter, Jayne (Dean) Hurd;...
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Ronda G. Boken

February 22, 1961 - March 19, 2018

ROCK FALLS – Ronda G. Boken, age 57, died at home Monday March 19, 2018 following an extended illness. Ronda was born on February 22, 1961 in Sterling the daughter of George and Rose Marie (Blankenship) Thomas. She married William Boken, Jr. on August 10, 1996 in Rock Falls. She was an LPN for Gaffey Home Nursing for five years. Survivors include her husband, Bill Boken of Rock Falls; one...
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Gene L. Klock

March 20, 1937 - March 19, 2018

Gene L. Klock, age 80, of Rock Falls, died Monday, March 19, 2018, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Gene was born March 20, 1937, in German Valley the son of Samuel and Ruth (Swalve) Klock. He served in the National Guard and later married Martha "Sue" Berard on January 19, 1963 in Polo. He was employed at Radio Ranch for over 50 years as an Avionics Engineer. Gene was an avid Ham Radio...
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Carol Treadwell

January 1, 1923 - March 18, 2018

STERLING – Carol Treadwell, age 95, of Benton passed away Sunday March 18, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Carol was born on January 1, 1923 in Joliet to Leonard F. and Carol (Leigh) Roblee. She was united in marriage to Harry A. Treadwell on January 8, 1945 in Glen Ellyn. They celebrated more than 72 years of marriage together. Carol was a 1941 graduate of Lockport High School. ...
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