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Bobbie Cox

May 13, 1933 - March 30, 2020

STERLING – Bobbie L. Cox 86 of Sterling died Monday March 30, 2020 at Rock River Hospice & Home. She was born on May 13, 1933 in Fayetteville, NC the daughter of Dermont and Alta Mae (Melvin) Harris. She married Nathaniel Franklin Joseph Cox on December 23, 1951 in Bennettsville, SC. He died September 30, 2005. Bobbie was very active in the community. She was a member and past president of R...
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Mary Helen Dunn

July 30, 1933 - March 28, 2020

Mary Helen Dunn, age 86 of Sterling, died Saturday, March 28, 2020 at her home. Mary was born on July 30, 1933 in Mounds, IL, the daughter of Walter Graves and Easter Buckles. She married Herschel Dunn on September 23, 1949. He preceded her in death on June 22, 2007. Mary worked at the Ramada Inn in Rock Falls for 15 years. She enjoyed quilting and spending time with her grandchildren. She...
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Bruce Webb

October 4, 1969 - March 25, 2020

STERLING – Bruce R. Webb, 71, of Sterling, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Rock River Hospice Home. Bruce was born in Sterling, the son of Dr. John and Lorene (Fennell) Webb. He married Linda Peugh on October 4, 1969 at St. Mary's Church in Sterling. Bruce and Linda owned and operated the Monogram Shoppe for 18 years. He loved fishing, train collecting, spending time with his...
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William R. Stage, Sr.

June 19, 1950 - March 19, 2020

William Ray Stage, Sr., age 69 of Milledgeville, died Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the University of Iowa Medical Center, Iowa City. William was born on June 19, 1950 in Clinton, IA, the son of Shirley Eugene and Dolores Betty June (Hayton) Stage. He married Marty Litwiller on July 3, 1976 in Milledgeville. William retired from construction and he and Marty owned and operated Bill-Mart T's in...
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Lucille M. Russell

August 13, 1929 - March 17, 2020

Lucille M. Russell, age 90, of Rock Falls, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling, Illinois. Lucille was born August 13, 1929 near Orion, Henry County, Illinois the daughter of James and Florence (Sanders) Thompson. She married Harris Russell December 2, 1948 in Rock Falls, Illinois. Lucille volunteered for several years at the Christ...
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Bill D. Walls

September 27, 1939 - March 16, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Bill Walls, age 80, died Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Bill was born on September 27, 1939 in Myron, Ark. the son of Virgil G. and Clarice (Brown) Walls. He married Linda Buisker of Polo on October 24, 1959 in Rock Falls. Bill was employed as a Long Haul Truck Driver and Supervisor of Delivery for the Daily Gazette. He enjoyed camping,...
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Kevin Gyger

September 17, 1959 - March 15, 2020

STERLING – Kevin A. Gyger, 60, of Sterling died on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at University of Iowa Hospital. Kevin was born in San Diego, CA, the son of Wayne and Marilyn (Kiner) Gyger. He worked as a mechanic for Volvo. Survivors include his spouse, Stacey Melsness of Sterling; two brothers, Keith (Jennifer) Gyger of Decatur, TX; Kris Gyger of Oregon, IL; one sister, Kay (Ken) Cardenas; and...
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Cleone Stanley

February 11, 1934 - March 12, 2020

MILLEDGEVILLE- Cleone E. Stanely, 86, of Milledgeville died on Thursday, March, 12, 2020 at Resthave Home in Morrison. Cleone was born in Iowa on February 11, 1934, the daughter of Eli and Wauneta (Johnson) Meng. She married George Stanley in October 1955. He predeceased her in 1993. Cleone was a teacher for many years, and finished her career at Challand Middle School. She was very proud of her...
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Jean M. Galloway

August 19, 1934 - March 12, 2020

Jean M. Galloway, age 85 of Como, died Thursday, March 12, 2020 at her home. Jean was born on August 19, 1934 in Sterling, the daughter of Clarence and Irene (Kaufman) Allen. She married Robert Galloway on August 15, 1954 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on September 19, 1992. Jean received her degree and worked as an X-Ray Technician for a few years before working alongside her husband...
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Darryl E. Wahler

June 24, 1935 - March 10, 2020

Darryl E. Wahler Former CGH President and C.E.O., Darryl E. Wahler, age 84, of Sterling, died Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home. He is survived by his two adult children and a brother. Mr. Wahler was born 24 June 1935 in Berwyn, Ill. His family moved to Guttenberg, Iowa in 1946. After high school graduation, Wahler entered the U.S. Navy where he served as a hospital...
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Elizabeth Widolff

August 16, 1932 - March 8, 2020

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Widolff (née Burke) died peacefully on March 8, 2020 in Sterling, IL at the age of 87. Elizabeth was born on August 16, 1932 in Amboy, IL to Elizabeth and Daniel Burke and was a twin. She and her twin brother were honored to be named after their parents. She graduated from Amboy High School in 1950 and worked at USF& G as a keypunch operator before her marriage. She met...
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Nancy E. Heckman

February 29, 1952 - March 8, 2020

Nancy E. Heckman Nancy E. Heckman, age 68, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Nancy was born February 29, 1952 in Yorktown the daughter of Leslie and Mabel (Gash) Gerlach. She graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1970 and married David Heckman on August 10, 1990 in Sterling. Nancy was a homemaker and enjoyed going to garage sales. She...
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Ruth Irene Conneely

December 10, 1921 - March 6, 2020

Ruth Irene Conneely, 98, formerly of Sterling, IL, died Friday, March 6, 2020, at Plymouth Place Senior Living, LaGrange IL. Ruth Conneely was born December 10, 1921 in Sterling, the daughter of Donald L. and Faye (Kreider) Wilger. She attended Sterling public schools and graduated Sterling High School, class of 1939. After high school, she was employed by Frantz Manufacturing Co. Ruth...
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Helen M. Pitts

June 26, 1918 - March 6, 2020

Helen M. Pitts, 101 died Friday March 6, 2020. She was born on June 26, 1918 in Sligo, MO the daughter of James and Ora (Beckham) Quinley. She married Cecil F. Pitts on November 10, 1950 in Cordell, OK. He died October 25, 2001. She had worked at General Electric for 11 ¾ years. She was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church. Helen loved spending time with her family and helping out others. ...
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Nanette L. Shepard

October 5, 1970 - March 5, 2020

Nanette L. Shepard, age 49 of Sterling, died Thursday, March 5, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Nanette was born on October 5, 1970 in Sterling, the daughter of Roy and Joyce (Razo) Klapprodt. She married Jerry Shepard, Sr. on April 7, 1998 in Sterling. She worked at Wahl Clipper for many years. Nanette enjoyed reading books, being in the sun and loved her dog, Snoup. She was very...
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Alice N. Gould

January 12, 1931 - March 5, 2020

Alice Niccola Gould, age 89 of Fulton, died Thursday, March 05, 2020 at Allure Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Alice was born on January 12, 1931 in Brookings, South Dakota, the daughter of Benjamin and Blanche (Gramer) Fenn. She married Willard "Bill" Gould on April 11, 1948 in Sterling. Alice worked at First National Bank then at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for 20 years. She attended...
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Lou Jean Sanders

September 12, 1940 - March 3, 2020

Lou "Jean" Sanders, age 79, of Sterling, Illinois, went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was surrounded by family. Lou Jean was born to Vernon and Vesta Justice on September 12, 1940, in Skyline, Alabama. On July 19, 1956 she married the love of her life, Billy Ray Sanders, in Iuka, Mississippi. Lou Jean was the loving mother...
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Carl W. Gates

August 16, 1933 - February 29, 2020

STERLING – Carl W. Gates age 86, died Saturday, February 29, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Carl was born on August 16, 1933 in Meridosia the son of Warren R. and Anna V. (Carlock) Gates. He married Nancy Kunde on April 29, 1955 in Oak Park. Carl earned his B.A. at the University of Illinois, his M.A. at the University of Missouri and Doctorate from Northern Illinois...
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Cherie Peterson

July 25, 1961 - February 29, 2020

STERLING – Cherie L. Peterson, 58, of Sterling passed away surrounded by family on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Rock River Hospice Home. Cherie was born in Davenport, IA, the daughter of Lawrence and Helen (Parnell) Rayburn. She married Loren "Pete" Peterson on September 22, 1990 at Messiah Lutheran Church, Sterling. Cherie taught at Christ Lutheran School, and was an Art Teacher at Sterling...
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Sharon Tornow

May 24, 1943 - February 29, 2020

TAMPICO – Sharon A. Tornow, 76 of Tampico died Saturday February 29, 2020 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. She was born on May 24, 1943 in Princeton, the daughter of Harold and Berneil (Kuepker) Murray. She married LaVerne S. Tornow on February 24, 1963 in Yorktown. Sharon had served as the Post Master of the Deer Grove, IL post office for 35 years retiring in 2009. She was a member...
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Nancy Greth

July 1, 1942 - February 28, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Nancy Greth age 77, died Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Nancy was born on July 1, 1942 in Sterling the daughter of Willard and Edith (Stark) Hughes. She married Lawrence Greth on October 30, 1996 in Waxhaw, N.C. He died on April 23, 2013. Nancy was employed as a Bookkeeper with Sterling's Unit 5 School District for 24 years, retiring in...
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Diana Wolf

June 26, 1964 - February 28, 2020

STERLING – Diana L. Wolf, 55, of Sterling, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2020 at Rock River Hospice Home. Diana was born in Rockford on June 26, 1964, the daughter of Francis and Emily (Howard) Dammann. She worked at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sterling, as well as Blackhawk lanes for many years. Survivors include her husband Loren; one daughter, Heather Wolf; one sister, Jenine...
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Ada Mae Brown

November 4, 1927 - February 28, 2020

DIXON – Ada Mae Brown, age 92, died Friday, February 28, 2020 at Dixon Rehab and Nursing Home. Ada was born on November 4, 1927 in Xenia the daughter of Obrey C. and Mabel L. (Henson) Burkitt. She married Lyle V. Brown on October 26, 1963 in Mattoon. He died on May 1, 2012. Ada was a homemaker who enjoyed quilting, crocheting and sewing. Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Janssen...
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Betty R. Messenger

August 30, 1949 - February 28, 2020

DIXON – Betty R. Messenger, age 70, died at her home Friday, February 28, 2020. Betty was born on August 30, 1949 in Dixon the daughter of Neil and Betty (Whalen) Smith. She married Roger Messenger on November 17, 1969 in Polo. Betty was employed with Kable News in Oregon for 14 years retiring in 1980. Survivors include, her husband, Roger Messenger of Dixon; one son, Michael (Bridget)...
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Darlene Pogliano

November 25, 1926 - February 27, 2020

WALNUT – Darlene L. Pogliano, 93, of Walnut, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Joliet Area Community Hospice Home. Darlene was born in Morris, IL, the daughter of Alfred and Agnes (Clayton) Perry. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist's Catholic Church in Walnut. Darlene was a bowling enthusiast, and enjoyed gambling and traveling with her husband John. Together they would...
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Evelyn Siperly

October 22, 1928 - February 27, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Evelyn Darlene (Jacobs) Siperly, 91, passed away on February 27, 2020 at Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling. Evelyn was born in Milledgeville on October 22, 1928, the daughter of Frank and Helen (Hutchison) Jacobs. She married Gerald Siperly on August24, 1946 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on August 30, 1995. Evelyn worked at Borg Warner for 15 years. She was a member of...
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Rosanne Perino

December 26, 1956 - February 26, 2020

STERLING – Rosanne Perino, 63, of Sterling, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at her home. Rosie was born on December 26, 1956, the daughter of Edward and Margery (Herrmann) Perino. She proudly earned her Master of Arts Degree from The University of Iowa. Rosie was employed at Shaw Media for 12 years, and prior to that worked at Lutheran Social Services. She also volunteered her time...
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Bob Smeltzer

April 24, 1937 - February 25, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Bob Smeltzer, 82, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford after a short illness. Bob was born April 24, 1937, in Manlius IL, the son of Howard and Sophie (Lang) Smeltzer. He was a 1955 graduate of Manlius High School and then enlisted in the US Army. After his military time, he farmed in the Manlius area. In 1967 he...
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Sierra "Sue" Percycoe

August 27, 1941 - February 23, 2020

STERLING – Sierra "Sue" Percycoe, 78 of Sterling died Sunday February 23, 2020 at her home. She was born on August 27, 1941 in Logan, WV the daughter of Carl A. and Violet A. (Davidson) Hager. She was a 1959 graduate of Sterling High School. She married Edward W. Girton on June 25, 1959 in Sterling. He died May 6, 1966. She later married Robert Percycoe on May 25, 1968. Survivors include her...
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Delbert E. Stillwell

January 9, 1933 - February 22, 2020

ROCK FALLS – Delbert E. Stillwell, age 87, died at his home Saturday, February 22, 2020. Delbert was born on January 9, 1933 in Ottawa the son of Earl and Lila (Trout) Stillwell. He was a self-employed carpenter and painter. Delbert served his country in the United States Army and was an avid bowler. He is survived by one daughter, Rachel Matthews of Rock Falls; two sons, Todd Stillwell...
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Donald C. Apple

December 13, 1932 - February 21, 2020

STERLING – Donald C. Apple, 87 of Sterling passed away Friday February 21, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on December 13, 1932 the son of Charles and Mildred (Bushman) Apple. Don was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Army. He is survived by his wife, Wanda of Sterling; 8 children; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; 3 sisters and 4 brothers;...
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Russell Lifka

February 14, 1954 - February 19, 2020

STERLING – Russell "Russ" L. Lifka, 66, of Sterling passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at his home, surrounded by family. Russ was born in Sterling on February 14, 1954, the son of William and Bernadine (Harris) Lifka. He owned and operated Lifka's Gardens for many years. Russ regularly donated from "the garden" to several churches and not-for-profit organizations in the area. In the...
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Ethel Howard

July 24, 1940 - February 18, 2020

Ethel Mae Howard, age 79, died on February 18, 2020 at the Rock Falls Rehab Facility. Ethel was born on July 24, 1940, in Bedford, IL, the daughter of Frank and Rosa (Inman) Cumby. She worked in retail as a clerk for many years. In her free time she loved to play cards with her friends and family. Mostly, she loved spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving family members are her sons...
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Mary L. Peterson

January 11, 1942 - February 17, 2020

Mary L. Peterson, 78 of Rock Falls passed away peacefully on Monday, February 17, 2020 at her home. Loving wife of Jack; devoted mother of Dora (Robert) Hetzel and Cristy Gallegos both of Oak Forest, IL; proud grandmother to Kyle (Mandi) Hetzel, Courtney (A.J.) Benoit, Janelle Henry, Rachel Henry, Alec Gallegos and Ashley Gallegos; benevolent great-grandmother to Alana and Avery Benoit;...
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Linda L. Collin

October 19, 1946 - February 16, 2020

Linda L. Collin Linda L. Collin, age 73, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Linda was born October 19, 1946 in Sterling the daughter of George and Evelyn (Young) Bannick. She attended Morrison High School and was employed in the health care field at several area nursing homes and, most recently, at D.O.R.S. in Sterling. Linda was a...
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David W. Wagenknecht

June 22, 1958 - February 15, 2020

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

March 3, 1949 - February 14, 2020

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

December 15, 1944 - February 13, 2020

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

November 13, 1959 - February 13, 2020

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

November 1, 1952 - February 13, 2020

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

October 25, 1950 - February 12, 2020

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

December 15, 1924 - February 9, 2020

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

June 23, 1938 - February 9, 2020

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

April 6, 1960 - February 8, 2020

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

October 24, 1945 - February 7, 2020

APPLETON, WI – Lynn Annette (Gaulrapp) VanDien, 74 of Appleton, WI and formerly of Rock Falls died Friday February 7, 2020 at Cherry Meadows Hospice in Appleton. She was born on October 24, 1945 in Rock Falls, IL the daughter of Arman and Myrtle (Green) Gaulrapp. Lynn graduated from Rock Falls High School and Western Illinois University. She taught school in Palatine, Illinois, and...
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Jimmy L. Church

October 8, 1949 - February 4, 2020

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

October 7, 1955 - February 4, 2020

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

June 1, 1931 - February 3, 2020

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

November 29, 1961 - February 3, 2020

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

February 1, 1931 - January 30, 2020

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

November 5, 1930 - January 28, 2020

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

August 5, 1959 - January 27, 2020

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

December 10, 1924 - January 26, 2020

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

July 21, 1937 - January 26, 2020

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

June 20, 1944 - January 24, 2020

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

July 27, 1941 - January 24, 2020

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

November 25, 1934 - January 24, 2020

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

February 13, 1964 - January 23, 2020

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

September 8, 1936 - January 23, 2020

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

November 16, 1931 - January 23, 2020

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

November 29, 1932 - January 21, 2020

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

March 24, 1965 - January 20, 2020

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

February 24, 1925 - January 20, 2020

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

May 27, 1929 - January 19, 2020

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

November 5, 1931 - January 17, 2020

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

April 20, 1946 - January 17, 2020

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

May 9, 1926 - January 16, 2020

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

October 7, 1947 - January 16, 2020

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

July 20, 1932 - January 14, 2020

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

February 23, 1940 - January 13, 2020

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

November 20, 1959 - January 13, 2020

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

June 6, 1960 - January 7, 2020

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

June 22, 1936 - January 7, 2020

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

May 18, 1931 - January 5, 2020

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

August 26, 1924 - January 4, 2020

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

August 16, 1958 - January 3, 2020

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

January 1, 2020 - January 1, 2020

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

April 28, 1938 - December 30, 2019

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

August 4, 1945 - December 29, 2019

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

October 10, 1931 - December 29, 2019

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

November 11, 1958 - December 27, 2019

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

January 16, 1930 - December 25, 2019

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

August 2, 1953 - December 25, 2019

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

September 11, 1938 - December 25, 2019

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

March 27, 1941 - December 23, 2019

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

September 15, 1948 - December 22, 2019

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

November 11, 1943 - December 22, 2019

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

July 14, 1946 - December 20, 2019

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

February 13, 1959 - December 20, 2019

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

March 25, 1933 - December 20, 2019

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

June 15, 1927 - December 20, 2019

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

May 26, 1961 - December 19, 2019

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

May 9, 1977 - December 18, 2019

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

July 21, 1928 - December 18, 2019

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

January 2, 1925 - December 18, 2019

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

December 2, 1976 - December 16, 2019

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

March 27, 1966 - December 15, 2019

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

July 27, 1929 - December 15, 2019

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

June 22, 1927 - December 14, 2019

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

May 25, 1922 - December 14, 2019

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