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Louella A. Wilson

October 23, 1925 - April 20, 2019

Louella A. Wilson Louella A. Wilson, age 93, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Dixon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Louella was born October 23, 1925 in Wheaton the daughter of Ernest and Eleanor (Davis) Hubbart. She married Raymond R. Wilson on November 12, 1960 in Pinkneyville. He preceded her in death on April 1, 2015. Louella was employed at GE in Morrison for 25...
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Ronald VenDenBerghe

July 13, 1942 - April 18, 2019

Ronald A. VanDenBerghe, 76 of Sterling died Thursday April 18, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 13, 1942 in Kewanee, IL the son of Albert August and Mabel Nellie (Moon) VanDenBerghe and was a 1961 graduate of Kewanee High School. While in high school worked at Dell Farm Grocery. He then went to serve in the US Army. After his service time, he went back to...
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Carrie Burgess

February 6, 1943 - April 17, 2019

Carrie Burgess, 76, a resident of Rock Falls, died on Wednesday morning, April 17, 2019 at Central Du Page Hospital in Winfield. Carrie was born on February 6, 1943 in Skygusty, West Virginia to Calvin and Eula (Duncan) Harman. She married Ronald Burgess on March 2, 1961 in Dixon. Carrie enjoyed sewing, doing arts and crafts and baking. Her family favorite was her German Chocolate Cake...
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Dorothy Boucher

December 26, 1930 - April 16, 2019

STERLING – Dorothy E. Boucher, age 89 of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Dorothy was born on December 26, 1930 in Sublett, IL, the daughter of John and Grace (Huyett) Warkins. She married Charles F. Boucher on December 27, 1950 in Oregon, IL. She worked for the Lincolnland Red Cross as a courier for several years. Dorothy was a past Democrat...
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Donna Kay Ellenwood

December 18, 1958 - April 15, 2019

Donna Kay Ellenwood, 60 of Lyndon died Monday April 15, 2019 at her home. She was born on December 18, 1958 in Sterling the daughter of Thomas Wayne and Judith Kay (Bender) Ingram and was a graduate of Rock Falls High School. She married William "Bill" Ellenwood on June 29, 1991. He died December 26, 2011. Donna had worked as a beautician for 30 years having owned Creation Station in Lyndon....
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Virginia L. Garrett

July 14, 1928 - April 15, 2019

Virginia L. Garrett Virginia L. Garrett, age 90, of Rock Falls, died Monday, April 15, 2019 at her home. Virginia was born July 14, 1928 in Streator the daughter of Howard and Mary (Richards) Leathers. She married Vernon E. Garrett on April 17, 1948 in Flora. He preceded her in death on October 15, 1990. Virginia was a homemaker and was employed part time at Singing Wheels Skating Rink in...
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Ruth Carol Garriott

December 16, 1933 - April 14, 2019

Ruth C. Garriott, 85 of Sterling died Sunday April 14, 2019 at the Citadel of Sterling. She was born on December 16, 1933 in Sterling, the daughter of Martin L. and Florence Bernice (McPherson) Janssen and was a 1951 graduate of Sterling High School. She married Clifford Garriott Jr on February 3, 1952 in Sterling. He died November 21, 2017. She had worked as a book keeper at the Sterling Rock...
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Loraine "Lori" Sears

February 11, 1942 - April 12, 2019

Loraine "Lori" F. Sears, age 77 of Rock Falls, died Friday, April 12, 2019 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Lori was born on February 11, 1942 in Sterling, the daughter of Howard and Vivian (McCann) Denning. She worked in nursing for many years in various locations. Lori was involved in the Women's Auxiliary of the VFW in Rock Falls and volunteered at CLS thrift shop in Rock...
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James "Dick" Adams

March 11, 1938 - April 10, 2019

James R. "Dick" Adams, 81 of Sterling died Wednesday April 10, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home. He was born on March 11, 1938 in Sterling the son of James H. and Pauline M. (Davis) Adams and was a 1956 graduate of Community High School in Sterling. He served in the US Army. Dick was united in marriage to Arlene Michels on July 1, 1961 in Dixon. He began his working career after his time in...
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Mary Ellen Clary

November 26, 1930 - April 10, 2019

Mary Ellen Clary, age 88 of Sterling, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Mary Ellen was born on November 26, 1930 in Nelson, IL, the daughter of Fred and Ruth (Johnson) Black. She married John "Jack" R. Clary on October 1, 1949 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on September 29, 2006. Mary worked at General Electric in Morrison for 24 years. She also...
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Vernon Royer

September 11, 1942 - April 8, 2019

Vernon G. Royer, 76 of Rock Falls died Monday April 8, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. He was born on September 11, 1942 in Rock Falls the son of Floyd and Evelyn (Silvey) Royer. He attended Rock Falls schools. He married Patricia Ann Girton on October 6, 1962 in Sterling. She died August 30, 2011. Vernon had worked for 13 years at GE in Morrison. He then went to work for 26...
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Audrey Wright

May 22, 1936 - April 7, 2019

Audrey R. Wright, 82 of Sterling, died Sunday April 7, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. She was born on May 22, 1936 in Sterling the daughter of Paul F. and Clydia L. (Vittitow) Lane. She graduated 8th grade from Shriners Hospital in Chicago and from Prophetstown High School. She married James H. Wright on May 27, 1967 at the Leon United Methodist Church in rural Prophetstown....
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Gene H. Smith

August 10, 1933 - April 5, 2019

Gene H. Smith, age 85, of Rock Falls, died Friday, April 5, 2019 at his home. Gene was born August 10, 1933 in Rock Falls the son of Harry and Mildred (Palmer) Smith. He married Royola Judd on June 1, 1956 in Rock Falls. Gene was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 36 years retiring in 1990. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Rock Falls, was a motorcycle...
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Eric M. Arduini

April 11, 1973 - April 5, 2019

Eric Michael Arduini 45, died Friday, April 5, 2019 at his home. He was born April 11, 1973 in Sterling, the son of Philip and Sharon (McDearmon) Arduini. Eric was employed as the City Clerk of Rock Falls. He attended Harvest Time Bible church and was a member of the IIMC Athenian Fellowship. Eric was also president of Rock Falls Optimist Club, Secretary of RRDA and he was an avid...
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Gerald J. Temmen

September 30, 1937 - April 4, 2019

Gerald J. Temmen, age 81 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Jerry was born on September 30, 1937 in Oconee, IL, the son of Gerry H. and Helen (Hoehn) Temmen. He was a United States Army Veteran. Jerry married Janice Adams on August 21, 1971. He was employed by General Cartage and Yellow Frieght as a driver/mechanic for 38 years until...
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Ernest I. Schultz

October 5, 1930 - April 2, 2019

Ernest I. Schultz, age 88, of Sterling, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at CGH Medical Center. Ernest was born October 5, 1930 in Sterling the son of Ernest and Sarah (Evans) Schultz. He married Joan H. Miller on July 17, 1950, in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death in 2011. Ernest served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War. He retired from...
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Lyle C. Coats

June 2, 1931 - April 1, 2019

Lyle C. Coats, of North Liberty, IA and formerly of Mt. Carroll, died at the age of 87 on April 1, 2019 at his home. He was born on June 2, 1931 in Whiteside County, Jordan Township to John and Grace Coats. He attended Milledgeville High School and graduated with the class of 1949. He proudly served the country for four years (1951 to 1955) in the US Navy aboard the USS Rehoboth, a geographic...
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David Thompson

February 26, 1967 - March 31, 2019

David J. "Booga" Thompson, 52 of Sterling died Sunday March 31, 2019 at his home. He was born on February 26, 1967 in Dixon, the son of David Andrew and Rita Evelyn (Blackburn) Thompson and graduated from Dixon High School. He was employed at the time of his death in Quality Control at Wahl Clipper Corporation in Sterling. Dave enjoyed playing golf, listening to Motley Crue and was a...
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Brad D. Boyungs

January 3, 1956 - March 31, 2019

Brad D. Boyungs, age 63, died at his home Sunday, March 31, 2019. Brad was born on January 3, 1956 in Sterling the son of Richard and LaMeda (Willett) Boyungs. He married Jeani Frump on November 30, 1979 in Sterling. Brad was employed as Installation Supervisor with Metal Erectors in Woodstock for 30 years. He loved watching NASCAR, Drag Racing, playing Pool and fishing with his kids and...
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George H. Zook

June 1, 1941 - March 30, 2019

George H. Zook, age 77 of Rock Falls, died Friday, March 29, 2019 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. George was born on June 1, 1941 in Elkhart, IN, the son of George Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Faulkner) Zook. He is a United States Veteran and served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He married Jean G. Hoffmiller on February 10, 1979 in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death on...
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Nikki Galvan

January 20, 1954 - March 28, 2019

After 65 years, Nikki Ann Galvan was taken home gently wrapped in the arms of God on Thursday March 28, 2019. Nikki was a creative soul who loved crafting, shopping for antiques, and discovering unique items at flea markets. Additionally, Nikki was a passionate, loving soul who shared a bountiful life with her best friend and husband, Rudy. Nikki was a proud mother who encouraged and...
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Joyce A. Sandrock

March 25, 1942 - March 28, 2019

Joyce A. Sandrock, age 77, of Sterling, died on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Joyce was born on March 25, 1942 in Morrison the daughter of Chester and Alfa (Johnson) Wolber. She was united in marriage to Larry Sandrock on April 23, 1961 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Yorktown. He preceded her in death on July 17, 2013. Joyce worked at Walnut Manor as...
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Betty L. Burlum

May 29, 1951 - March 27, 2019

Betty L. Burlum, age 67, died Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Northwestern Huntley Hospital in Huntley. Betty was born on May 29, 1951 in Osseo, Wis. the daughter of Lester and Violet (Tomlinson) Ross. She was employed at Wahl Clipper in Sterling for 28 years retiring in 2016. Betty was an avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packer fan. She enjoyed playing golf, shooting pool and bowling...
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Nancy Ann Webb

May 5, 1958 - March 27, 2019

Nancy Ann Webb, 60, of Sterling, died on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Nancy was born on May 5, 1958 in Sterling to Ira and Iva Jean (Stanfield) Kessler. She was a housekeeper at Exceptional Care and Training Center for over 20 years. Nancy enjoyed playing cards, playing softball bowling and watching sports. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan and...
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Mary Kay Manon

December 7, 1961 - March 27, 2019

Mary Kay Manon, 57 of Sterling, died Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Mary was born on December 7, 1961 in Sterling, the daughter of John Gors and Barbra (Stanfield) Ludwick. She married Greg Manon on August 14, 1999 in Rock Falls. She was a caretaker in a group home. Survivors include her husband, Greg; her mother, Barbra Ludwick of Sterling; two...
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Doris Smith

September 15, 1936 - March 27, 2019

Doris M. Smith, 82 of Sterling died Wednesday March 27, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home after a brief illness. She was born on September 15, 1936 in Sterling the daughter of Arthur P. and Lillian (Lott) Doty and was a 1954 graduate of Sterling High School. She married Leslie L. Smith on March 10, 1957 in Sterling. He died August 28, 2009. Doris had worked retail at the downtown...
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Marion "Bud" Passini

June 3, 1931 - March 26, 2019

Marion M. Passini, age 87, of Sterling, Illinois, died on March 26, 2019 peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was born June 3rd, 1931, in Spring Valley, Illinois, the son of Mario and Lena (Borrelli) Passini. He was a graduate of Illinois State University and played collegiate baseball. He was drafted by the Cincinnati, Reds but decided to marry the love of his life, Bernice,...
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William "Bill" Abbott

February 22, 1926 - March 25, 2019

William "Bill" Abbott, a 30-year member of the Whiteside County Board and one of the organizers of ambulance service in Fulton, died on March 25 of natural causes in Morrison. He was part of a family that has farmed in Whiteside County since 1848. Abbott farmed near Fulton since 1952, was a Whiteside County deputy sheriff from 1968-88, when he retired as a sergeant and won election to the...
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John "Jack" Rinehart

June 15, 1932 - March 24, 2019

John "Jack" G. Rinehart, 86 of Rock Falls died Sunday March 24, 2019 at Dixon Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on June 15, 1932 in Flagg Center, IL the son of Ernest Vernon and Catherine Mary (Keefe) Rinehart. Jack was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Navy. He married Mary Ann Budai on October 29, 1955 in Inglewood, CA. She died June 19, 2011. Jack was employed...
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Doyil Wayne Bibby

September 4, 1946 - March 21, 2019

Doyil W. Bibby, age 72, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, March 21, 2019 at his home. Doyil was born September 4, 1946 in Cullman, Ala. the son of Alva and Verna (Spear) Bibby. He served in the US Marine Corps and later married Nancy Whitely on August 26, 1968 in Jacksonville, N.C. Doyil was employed at RB&W in Rock Falls for 33 years and at Woods in Oregon for 7 years. He was a member of...
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Joshua Denning

March 9, 1985 - March 18, 2019

Joshua Denning, age 34, died Monday, March 18, 2019 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Joshua was born on March 9, 1985 in Sterling the son of Jack and Linda (Wise) Denning. He was currently employed as an Apartment Manager for Corporate Suites, LLC in Oregon and previously laid carpet for Knapp Flooring in Polo. Joshua loved to camp and was an avid fisherman. Survivors include his mother,...
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Edna M. Cheshier

August 23, 1935 - March 17, 2019

Edna Mae Cheshier, 83, of Sterling, died on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on August 23, 1935 in Sterling to William and Margaret (Ufken) Lauts. She married Harry Cheshier on May 23, 1963 in Rock Falls. He died on November 1, 1988. She worked for Tri County Opportunity Council for 22 years until retiring in 2010. Edna was a member of the Women...
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June E. McCloud

October 10, 1938 - March 17, 2019

June Ellen McCloud, 80, of Sterling died peacefully at Avonlea Cottage in Dixon, IL on March 17, 2019. June was born on October 10, 1938 in Joliet, IL the daughter of John and Ethel French. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Dr. Albert O. McCloud, Jr., on June 27, 1959. June was a surgical nurse for Dr. Ballard prior to her retirement. She was an avid golfer and bridge player...
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Josephine Ewbank

March 14, 1917 - March 14, 2019

Josephine Ewbank, 102, born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and formerly of Sterling, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Presence Cor Mariae Nursing Home, in Rockford. Surviving are sister, Francis "Butchie" (Vincent) Medina; son, Michael (Susan) Guevara of Rockford; stepson, Kris (Dierdra) Ewbank of Mesa, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren. Predeceased by sisters, Madeline ...
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Peter J. Delgado, Sr.

September 1, 1934 - March 12, 2019

Peter John Delgado Sr., age 84 of Sterling, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, IA. Pete was born on September 1, 1934 in Nelson, IL, the son of Eligio and Carolina (Garcia) Delgado. He married Helen F. Regalado on September 17, 1955 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Pete worked at Raynor Garage as a warehouse foreman for 41 years, retiring in 1996....
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Timothy P. McLoughlin

August 25, 1948 - March 11, 2019

Timothy Patrick McLoughlin, age 70 of Prophetstown, died Monday, March 11, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Tim was born on August 25, 1948 in Chicago, the son of Bartholomew and Jeanne (Lange) McLoughlin. He is a United States Army Veteran. He married Denise Wranik on November 9, 1968 in Elgin, IL. Tim was a member of the Tampico Lion's Club and Tampico United Methodist Church. ...
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Kendall Bragg

May 2, 1964 - March 11, 2019

Kendall Bragg, age 54, died Monday, March 11, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford. Kendall was born on May 12, 1964 in Union City, Ind. the son of Richard L. and Sharon (Snyder) Bragg. He was a member of Rock River Christian Center and enjoyed collecting Hot Wheels. Survivors include, his mother, Sharon Langley of Rock Falls; one daughter; two sons; one sister, Katherine Colvin...
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Thomas John Kenney

February 7, 1969 - March 9, 2019

Thomas John Kenney, age 50, of Chicago, formerly of Polo, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago. Tom was born February 7, 1969 in Dixon the son of John and Lydia (Jimenez) Kenney. He was a 1987 graduate of Polo Community High School. Tom graduated with honors from DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer...
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Vernon Smith

January 11, 1929 - March 7, 2019

Vernon Raymond Smith, age 90 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, March 07, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. Vernon was born on January 11, 1929 in Davenport, IA, the son of Raymond and Julia M. (Johnson) Smith. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 27 years before retiring on June 1, 1991. He married Rita J. (Helms) Anspach on February 23, 1991 in Sterling. Survivors...
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Mary A. Dieterle

May 19, 1926 - March 4, 2019

Mary A. Dieterle, age 92, of Sterling, died Monday, March 4, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Mary was born May 19, 1926 in Sterling the daughter of Charles and Lucile (Bartel) Vogelsang. She graduated from Community High School in 1944 and was also a 1947 graduate of St. Anthony Nursing School in Rockford. She married Aloysius J. Dieterle on November 29, 1947 at Sacred Heart Church in...
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Heather L. Smith

July 21, 1981 - March 3, 2019

Heather L. Smith, age 37, formerly of Abingdon died Sunday, March 3, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Heather was born on July 21, 1981 in Galesburg the daughter of Ray E. and Julie C. (Larsen) Smith. She loved doing crafts, shopping and watching WWF Wrestling. She is survived by her father, Ray Smith of Springfield, Mo.; her mother Julie Smith of Yates City; one sister, Kristen...
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Elizabeth "Betty" Murphy

December 21, 1930 - February 28, 2019

Elizabeth "Betty" E. Murphy, 88 died at home surrounded by her family on February 28, 2019 Betty was born December 21, 1930 the daughter of James and Roslyn (Cumrine) Lauff. She married John J. Murphy on May 27, 1950, at St. Mary Church. He preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 2009. Betty was a life long member of St. Mary Church Sterling and Altar and Rosary Society. She was a devoted mother...
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Florence Genny Bogle

June 6, 1930 - February 28, 2019

Florence "Genny" Bogle, 88, of Fulton, passed away on Thursday morning, February 28, 2019 at the Alverno in Clinton, Iowa. She was born on June 6, 1930 in Florence, Illinois, to Harvey and Juanita (Tucker) Wade. She was united in marriage to Richard Bogle on May 26, 1951 in Shannon, Illinois. Genny attended First Baptist as well as Assembly of God in Fulton for many years. She enjoyed...
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Bonnie Lee Moreno

November 11, 1946 - February 28, 2019

Bonnie Lee Moreno, age 72 of Sterling, died Thursday, February 28, 2019 at her home. Bonnie was born on November 11, 1946 in Mountain Home, Idaho, the daughter of James and Lenora Oltman. Survivors include her three children, Kimberly Bodmer of FL, Steven (Heather) Bushman of Rock Falls and Kathryn (John) Dunaway of Sterling; eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was...
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Laura "Betty" Spinka

April 22, 1938 - February 28, 2019

Laura E. "Betty" Spinka, 80 of Rock Falls, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport. Betty was born on April 22, 1938 in Sterling, the daughter of Tom and Edna (Jackson) Buckingham. She married Lee Spinka on September 7, 1958 at the First United Methodist Church in Sterling. She was a member of the Rock Falls United Methodist Church. Betty enjoyed being...
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Rosa M. Castillo

August 30, 1938 - February 26, 2019

Rosa M. Castillo, 80, of Edinburg, formerly of the area, died on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Windsor Arbor View Nursing Home in Edinburg. Born on August 30, 1938 in Mercedes, Texas she was a daughter of Daniel and Soledad (Menchaca) Garcia. She married Bonidacio Castillo on August 15, 1983 in Edinburg. He died on December 27, 2014. She worked for BRK Electronics in Aurora for 8 years. ...
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Darrel Onken

January 3, 1950 - February 24, 2019

MORRISON, IL – Darrell J. Onken, 69 of Morrison, died Sunday February 24, 2019 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. He was born on January 3, 1950 in Morrison, the son of Russell C. and Arlene (Thompson) Onken. Darrell had attended Morison schools and served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked as a millwright with Union Local 2158 in Bettendorf, IA before retiring. Surviving is his...
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Lanette K. Hinrichs

January 21, 1968 - February 24, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Lanette K. Hinrichs, age 51, died Sunday, February 24, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Lanette was born on January 21, 1968 in Sterling the daughter of Glenn and Elnora (Wierema) Hinrichs. She was employed with Self Help Enterprises in Sterling. Lanette was a member of the First Lutheran Church of West Jordan, Sterling. Survivors include, two sisters, Linda Retherford...
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Lowell Wechsler

July 1, 1920 - February 23, 2019

STERLING – Lowell E. Wechsler, 98 of Sterling, died Saturday February 23, 2019 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. He was born on July 1, 1920 in Prairieville, IL the son of George and Anna Gladys (Millhouse) Wechsler. He served in the USAF during World War II. He had worked many years as an auto mechanic and had operated the former Wechsler Texaco & Gulf Service Stations in Rock Falls...
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Olga B. Bon

November 6, 1931 - February 21, 2019

Olga B. Bon, age 87 of Sterling, died Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Franklin Grove Living and Rehab. Olga was born on November 6, 1931 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the daughter of Eduardo and Francisca (Nivar) Bon. She was an architect and had a love for art, music and flowers. Survivors include her three children, Odile (Angel) Blazquez of Sterling, Ramon Calderon of Algonquin,...
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Danny E. Porter, Sr.

December 2, 1953 - February 17, 2019

Danny E. Porter, Sr., 65 of Sterling, died Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Danny was born on December 2, 1953 at St. Francis hospital in Kewanee, IL, the son of Cecil D. and Beulah (Neer) Porter. He spent his school years growing up in Morrison schools. He worked summers from junior high and high school until when he was married learning the painting...
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Robert D. Livingston

December 17, 1944 - February 16, 2019

PROPHETSTOWN – Robert D. Livingston, age 74 died at his home Saturday February 16, 2019. Robert was born on December 17, 1944 in Yale the son of William and Jessie (O'Dell) Livingston. He married Karen "Kay" Gorzney on October 3, 1965 in Low Moor, Iowa. She died April 19, 2008. Robert was employed with Northwestern Steel & Wire Company in Sterling for many years. He loved spending time...
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Howard A. Miller

August 29, 1936 - February 16, 2019

Howard A. Miller, 82 of Sterling, died Saturday, February 16, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Howard was born on August 29, 1936 in Sheboygan Falls, WI, the son of Edgar and Mary (Grooms) Miller. He was a United States Army Veteran and served our country during the Korean War. Howard married Audrey Schomann on May 6, 1955 in Wausau, WI. He worked for many years and retired from...
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Donald R. Fortune

March 2, 1925 - February 15, 2019

Donald R. Fortune, 93, of Tampico, passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Born March 2, 1925 he was a son of Edward and Edith (Carlson) Fortune. He married Joyce Kinney on May 4, 1947 in Rock Falls. She died on September 30, 2016. Don was a veteran of WWII and served in the US Navy. He was a member of Advent Christian Church in Prophetstown and had...
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Betty Jane Mayfield

January 27, 1949 - February 13, 2019

Betty J. Mayfield Betty J. Mayfield, 70, of Sterling went to dance with the angels on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. She was born to the late Kermit and Angeline (Rosik) Hansen on January 27, 1949 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She graduated from Denmark High School, Denmark, Wisconsin in 1967. She enjoyed her job working as the secretary at the First...
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Marvin J. Alt

October 18, 1930 - February 13, 2019

Marvin J. Alt Marvin J. Alt, age 88, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at his home. Family and friends mourn the passing of Marvin J. Alt. The world has lost an extraordinary man. His caring and unselfish nature will be missed by all. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. Marvin was born on October 18, 1930 the eldest son of John and...
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Marc Kolb

January 29, 1948 - February 13, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Marc Kolb, age 71, died at his home Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Marc was born on January 26, 1948 in Rock Falls the son of Ernest and Josephine (Baker) Kolb. He married LouAnn Davis on August 8, 1977 in Sterling. Marc was employed as a Machinist with National Manufacturing in Sterling for 26 years retiring in 2006. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed listening to a variety...
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Betty R. Lawrence

July 13, 1935 - February 11, 2019

Betty R. Lawrence, 83, of Rock Falls, died Monday, February 11, 2019 at home. Born July 13, 1935 in Chicago, she was a daughter of Henry and Della (nee Tice) Gadbaw. On July 9, 1955 she married Glenn Lawrence in Chicago. He died September 1, 2014. Betty enjoyed embroidering, reading and doing puzzles. She and Glenn traveled around the United States to many places but she especially...
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Gail M. Stickle

January 3, 1948 - February 11, 2019

Gail M. Stickle, 71 of Rock Falls, formerly of New Bedford, died Monday, February 11, 2019 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. Gail was born on January 3, 1948 in Westhope, ND, the daughter of Cecil and Clara (Krogen) Spafford. She married Leland Stickle on August 27, 1967 at Grace United Methodist Church in Maxbass, ND. Gail graduated from Maxbass High School in North Dakota, St....
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David "Dave" Wright

April 19, 1953 - February 11, 2019

David "Dave" Samuel Wright, age 65 of Rock Falls, formerly of Chicago, died Monday, February 11, 2019 at his home. Dave was born on April 19, 1953 in Chicago, the son of Samuel J. and Margaret M. (Engel) Wright. He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He married Martha Jane "Janie" Dutton on August 31, 1973 in Chicago. Dave was a foreman and employed by Bodine...
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Patti A. Conery

July 30, 1965 - February 11, 2019

Patti A. Conery, age 53, of Rock Falls, died Monday, February 11, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Patti was born July 30, 1965 in Sterling the daughter of Edward and Helen (VanDusen) Conery. She was employed at Halo Branded Solutions in Sterling for over 10 years. Survivors include her significant other, Rodney Schmiedebush of Rock Falls; one daughter, Sara (David Matyka)...
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Raymond D. Olson

December 30, 1967 - February 10, 2019

Raymond D. Olson, age 51, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, February 10, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ray was born December 30, 1967 in Sterling the son of Terry and Vicky (McKee) Olson. He married Cindy Insley on October 14, 1989 in Rock Falls. Ray was employed as a construction worker for many years and enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his family. Survivors include his...
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Richard Leroy Davis

December 7, 1932 - February 9, 2019

Richard L. Davis, 86 of Sterling died Saturday February 9, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. He was born on December 7, 1932 in Courtland, NY the son of Orval and Beulah (Mayers) Davis. He married Lola Jeanette Koster on July 13, 1951 in Sterling. She died August 4, 2016. He was employed for several years at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. in Sterling retiring from the caster....
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Jean L. Milnes

August 19, 1931 - February 9, 2019

Jean L. Milnes, 87, of Prophetstown, died Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown. Jean was born August 19, 1931 in Malvern the daughter of Elmer and Lillian (Stern) Oncken. She married Frank Milnes on September 30, 1951 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on November 5, 2012. Jean was employed as a bookkeeper for Rock River Lumber and Grain...
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G. V. Allie

February 15, 1940 - February 8, 2019

G.V. Allie, 78 of Rock Falls died Friday February 8, 2019 at his home. He was born on February 15, 1940 in Mound City, Illinois the son of George Vernon and Norma (Sisk) Allie. He served in the US Army Reserves from 1957 – 1965. He married Patricia McCleary on June 11, 1958 in Rock Falls. He was employed as a laborer with Union Local 727 for many years. Survivors include his wife, Pat;...
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Jean L. Cushing

April 20, 1933 - February 7, 2019

Jean L. Cushing, 85, of Rock Falls, died on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Rock River Home and Hospice. Born April 30, 1933 in Morrison, she was a daughter of Harold William and Violet Ruby (Deadmond) Rippy. She married Edward Eugene Cushing on December 21, 1951 in Dixon. He passed away on April 5, 2017. Jean loved her animals and enjoyed playing the piano and organ. She also loved...
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Franklin Jospeh Holmes

May 12, 1933 - February 6, 2019

Franklin J. Holmes, age 85, of Sterling, died Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Spring Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev. Frank was born May 12, 1933 in Geneseo the son of Ora and Mildred (Wright) Holmes. He served in the US Army as an MP from 1953-1955. Frank married Arlene Deets on April 8, 1956 in Sterling. He had farmed; owned the former County Kitchen Restaurant; worked for the Illinois...
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Franklin J. Holmes

May 12, 1933 - February 6, 2019

Franklin J. Holmes, age 85, of Sterling, died Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Spring Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. Frank was born May 12, 1933 in Geneseo the son of Ora and Mildred (Wright) Holmes. He served in the US Army as an MP from 1953-1955. Frank married Arlene Deets on April 8, 1956 in Sterling. He had farmed; owned the former County Kitchen Restaurant; worked for the Illinois...
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Kenneth R. Heffelfinger

March 12, 1945 - February 6, 2019

Kenneth Russell Heffelfinger, age 73 of Sterling, died Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at his home. Kenneth was born on March 12, 1945 in Chadwick, the son of Charles and Mildred (Queckboerner) Heffelfinger. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the war in Vietnam. Kenneth married Carol Marie DeNeve on June 3, 1967 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on January 6, 2007. He then...
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Keith W. Swanson, Sr.

July 3, 1957 - February 1, 2019

Keith W. Swanson, Sr., 61, of Sterling, died on Friday, February 1, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on July 3, 1957 in Sterling to Dean and Gwennyth (Bradford) Swanson. He married Debbie Wade on April 18, 1983. Keith worked for USA Meak for 15 years in the preparation and shipping department. He was a Minnesota Vikings fan and enjoyed traveling and motorcycles. He...
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Alfred E. Simms

December 23, 1938 - January 31, 2019

Alfred E. Simms, 80, of Rock Falls, passed away on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Morrison Skilled Care. It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our sweet father, grandfather, and friend. And yet we rejoice that he is breathing freely and consistently, free from fear of not being able to take that deep refreshing breath, safe in the arms of his Savior Jesus. His soft spirit and...
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Shellie Marie Higley

November 20, 1965 - January 31, 2019

Shellie Marie Higley, age 53, died at her home, January 31, 2019. Shellie was born on November 20, 1965 in Sterling the daughter of LeRoy and Shirley Lou (Bryant) Short. She married Tom Higley on July 24, 1983. Shellie was a homemaker and active with the auxiliary Harmon Fire Department. She is survived by her husband Tom of Harmon; two sons, Tom (Crystal Kelchner) Higley Jr. of Harmon...
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Ellen Hammes

December 29, 1942 - January 29, 2019

Ellen Hammes, 76, of Rock Falls, died on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at her home. She was born on December 29, 1942 in LaCrosse, Wisc. to Cedric and Sylvia (Thompson) Steine. She married Dennis Hammes on January 11, 1964 in LaCrosse. He preceded her in death on August 20, 2015. Ellen loved spending time with her family and adored her grandchildren and great grandson. Those left to...
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Dennis D. Thomas

June 17, 1951 - January 26, 2019

Dennis D. Thomas, 67 of Rock Falls died Saturday January 26, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on June 17, 1951 in Princeton, WV the son of George and Rose Marie (Blankenship) Thomas. He married Liali Jo Ivins on November 7, 1970 in Rock Falls. Dennis was employed as a nail operator and the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co for 32 years. He then worked at Fastenal for 15...
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Kay Francis Kobbeman

January 10, 1946 - January 26, 2019

Kay F. Kobbeman, 73 of Rock Falls passed away peacefully after a short and courageous battle with cancer. She was born on January 10, 1946 in Wyatt, MO the daughter of Ponder and Rue Kissee (Romano) Walling. Kay had put herself through nursing school to become an LPN, having finished first in her class. She married Martin P. Kobbeman on October 18, 1997 in Rock Falls. Kay was very talented and...
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Patrick "P.A." Alumbaugh

January 26, 1958 - January 24, 2019

Patrick L. "P.A." Alumbaugh, 60, of Rock Falls, died on Thursday morning, January 24, 2019 at The Maple Crossings of Amboy. He was born on January 26, 1958 in Moline to John and Edna (Schatz) Alumbaugh. He was an auto body technician for many years working at many local body shops. He had a passion for working on cars spanning a lifetime. He was a NASCAR fan and also enjoyed Harley...
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Robert "Bob" Byington

November 2, 1953 - January 22, 2019

Robert "Bob" C. Byington, 65 of Coleta passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Robert was born on November 2, 1953 in Fairfield, IL, the son of Freda (Shaw) and Leonard Byington. He loved his family, guitars, eagles and he had a passion for music. He played in many bands. He loved to teach music to whoever was willing to learn. He worked for many...
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Allen G. Hendryx

March 7, 1935 - January 22, 2019

Allen G. Hendryx, age 83, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Physicians Regional Hospital in Naples, Fla. Allen was born March 7, 1935 in Sterling the son of James and Florence (Hollenbeck) Hendryx. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1953 and later graduated from Eureka College in 1957. He married Dorothy Zink on July 27, 1963 in Rock Falls. Allen was employed at GE...
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Debra Ann Fulkerson

May 1, 1953 - January 22, 2019

Debra Ann Fulkerson, known by most as "Mama Deb", age 65 of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in Florida. Debra was born on May 1, 1953 in Mobile, Alabama, the daughter of Newton and Maude (Smith) Merchant. She married Lloyd Fulkerson, Jr. on March 12, 1970 in Clinton, IA. She enjoyed cooking, reading, vacationing, going to the beach, spending time with her grandchildren and attending...
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Deana K. Duncan

December 8, 1956 - January 22, 2019

Deana K. Duncan, 62, of Sterling, died on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at her home. She was born on December 8, 1956 in Kokomo, Indiana to Charles and Lela (Cox) Smith. She married Ty Duncan on June 6, 2015. Deana worked for Crest Foods for 12 years. She enjoyed shopping, doing crafts and traveling. Her favorite spots were visiting the North rim of the Grand Canyon and going to various...
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Betty Ann McArdle

January 27, 1941 - January 21, 2019

Betty Ann McArdle, age 77 of Sterling, died Monday, January 21, 2019 at her home. Betty was born on January 27, 1941 in Wheaton, Illinois, the daughter of Merwin C. and Jeanette Alice (McAtic) Kuykendall. She married James McArdle in January 1963 in Urbana. He preceded her in death on July 28, 2000. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Sterling. Survivors include two sons, James...
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Roger D. Cook, Sr.

May 6, 1949 - January 21, 2019

Roger D. Cook, Sr., age 69, of Rock Falls, died Monday, January 21, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Roger was born May 6, 1949 in Pineville, Ky. the son of Henry "Dap" and Hester (Baine) Cook. He married Agnes Grubb on May 4, 1967 in Ky. She preceded him in death on January 11, 2004. He married Sue Funderberg on October 9, 2004 in Rock Falls. Roger was employed at Flex-O-Glass in...
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Chad Aaron Walker

October 18, 1970 - January 20, 2019

Chad Aaron Walker Chad Aaron Walker, age 48, of Prophetstown, died Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Morrison Community Hospital. Chad was born October 18, 1970 in Sterling the son of Terry and Barbara (Munz) Walker. He was employed at Rock River Lumber and Grain as a truck driver for many years. Chad enjoyed fishing on the river, hunting and was an avid Bears fan. Survivors include his...
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George D. Pellerin

March 23, 1948 - January 19, 2019

George D. Pellerin, age 70, of Como, died Saturday, January 19, 2019 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. George was born on March 23, 1948 in Duluth, Minn. He married Bobbie Lewis on September 8, 2001 in Sterling. George was employed as a Truck Driver for 35 years retiring in 2008. He was an avid gardener, loved working on cars, going to car shows, mowing and taking care of his yard. George...
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Roger E. Johnson

April 26, 1947 - January 18, 2019

Roger Eugene Johnson, age 71 of Rock Falls, died Friday, January 18, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Roger was born on April 26, 1947 in Sterling, the son of Gene Johnson and Betty (Baker) Boyer. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 34 years before retiring in 1999. Roger married Janie Elder on October 12, 1968 in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death on...
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Martha Jean Scott

August 23, 1937 - January 18, 2019

Martha J. Scott, 81, of Rock Falls, died on Friday morning, January 18, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on August 23, 1937 in Galesburg to Charles and Allie Bailey. She married Carl Scott on March 20, 1960 at Monmouth Christian Church in Monmouth. She worked for the former Rock Falls National Bank for 29 years until her retirement in 1989. Martha enjoyed riding...
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Leola M. Naftzger

December 30, 1920 - January 17, 2019

Leola May Naftzger, age 98, of Morrison, died Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Pleasant View Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Morrison, surrounded by her family. Leola was born December 30, 1920 in rural Albany, Whiteside County, Illinois, the daughter of Jesse D. and Mabel (Shook) Naftzger. Leola was a member of Albany United Methodist Church. Leola was extremely proud to be a direct...
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Cecelia Delgado

September 6, 1932 - January 17, 2019

Cecelia Delgado, 86 of Sterling died Thursday January 17, 2019 at her home. She was born on September 6, 1932 in Neponsat, IL the daughter of Sebastian and Maria (Rangel) Campos. She married John Delgado on August 8, 1949 in Rock Island, IL. She was a member of Rock River Christian Center. Survivors include her husband, John; six sons: John A. Delgado of Stafford, MD, Ricardo Delgado of...
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Carolyn A. Dunaway

July 3, 1931 - January 16, 2019

Carolyn A. Dunaway, age 87, of Sterling, died Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Carolyn was born July 3, 1931 in Bellaire, Ohio the daughter of Howell and Leona (Behres) Turner. She graduated from St. Mary High School in Lancaster, Ohio in 1949 and served in the US Air Force. Carolyn married John Dunaway on November 23, 1957 in Lancaster, Ohio. He preceded her in...
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Mateo Barron, Sr.

September 21, 1932 - January 15, 2019

Mateo Barron, Sr, age 86 of Sterling, died Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Mateo was born on September 21, 1932 in Mexico, the son of Herberto and Ramona (Gonzalez) Barron. He served in the National Guard. Mateo worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for over 35 years. He attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. He enjoyed gambling, traveling,...
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Virginia Mae Belisle

April 10, 1921 - January 15, 2019

Virginia M. Belisle, 97, of Sterling, died on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at her home. She was born on April 10, 1921 in Lanark to Fred and Ena (Atherton) Wentz. She was united in marriage to Clifford Belisle on July 25, 1953. He preceded her in death on March 22, 2011. Virginia was the manager of the former Gift Town Stamp Store in Sterling and Rock Falls for 20 years. She enjoyed music...
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Sandra K. Mager

March 19, 1948 - January 14, 2019

Sandra K. Mager, age 70, of Rock Falls, died Monday, January 14, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Sandra was born March 19, 1948 in Sterling the daughter of James and Beverly (Sathoff) Baker. She married Darryl Mager in 1980 in Folkston, Ga. and retired from Donaldson's in Dixon. Sandra was a member of the Rock Falls American Legion, Rock Falls VFW and the Sterling Family...
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Jeffery Ray Harrington

October 29, 1954 - January 14, 2019

Jeffrey R. Harrington, 64 of Rock Falls died Monday January 14, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. He was born on October 29, 1954 in Sterling, the son of Richard L. and Betty L. (Spielman) Harrington. He married Peggy L. Arthurs on December 29, 1975 in Sterling. Jeff was employed at the former National Manufacturing for 39 years and at the time of his death worked at Charles...
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Helene K. Niederer

May 7, 1929 - January 12, 2019

Helene K. Niederer, age 89, of Sterling, died Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Regency Care of Sterling. Helene was born May 7, 1929 in Germany. She married Heinz Niederer on January 31, 1954 in Walnut. He preceded her in death on September 28, 1985. She was the head cook at Candlelight Inn in Sterling for over 30 years. Helene enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens, knitting, cooking and...
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Theresa Emelia Smith

December 14, 1929 - January 12, 2019

Theresa E. Smith, 89 of Rock Falls died Saturday January 12, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home. She was born on December 14, 1929 in Arlington, IL the daughter of Joseph R. and Ferrier M. (Urban) Smith. She had taught at St Andrew, Grade School and Newman and had served as their Development Director. She was a member of St Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include two...
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Velma Clementine Helm

June 27, 1931 - January 12, 2019

Velma C. Helm 87 of Rock Falls died Saturday January 12, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on June 27, 1931 in Wiseman, Arkansas the daughter of Sam and Eliza (Bookout) Goodson. She married Edward Odell Helm on November 24, 1950. He died October 1, 2001. Velma loved to cook, garden and canning. She loved her grandchildren. Survivors are three daughters: Marilyn (Wes)...
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Ed Wolber

February 20, 1945 - January 8, 2019

Ed Wolber, age 73 of Sterling, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Ed was born on February 20, 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was the ¬son of Kenneth and Jean (McCurdy) Wolber. He was a United States Navy Veteran and served during the War in Vietnam from 1963-1967. Ed married Constance "Connie" O'Brien on May 29, 1971 in Sterling. He worked for Henry...
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Micarla J. DeShane

March 26, 1959 - January 8, 2019

Micarla J. DeShane, age 59 of Prophetstown, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at her home. Carla was born on March 26, 1959 in Sterling, the daughter of Lloyd and Beverly (Reynolds) Whitlock. She married Louis DeShane on November 13, 1984 in Morrison. Carla worked at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown as a dietary aide. Survivors include her husband, Louis; two daughters, Janice ...
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Catherine R. Akker

February 24, 1950 - January 8, 2019

Dr. Catherine R. Akker, age 68, of Thomson, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Heritage Health in Walnut. Catherine Rebecca Still was born February 24, 1950 to Paul and Frances (McHan) Still in Clinton, Iowa. She married Steven Akker on August 2, 1992. Cathy graduated from Mt. St. Clare Academy. Later, she earned her nursing diploma from Clinton Community College, then a B.S.N. and D.N.P....
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Ida May Mount

July 12, 1932 - January 7, 2019

Ida May Mount, age 86, of Rock Falls died Monday January 7, 2019 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. Ida was born on July 12, 1932 in Ridgeland, Wis. the daughter of Edwin and Clara E. (Austin) Gravermoen. She married Denver Owen Sr.. He died August 7, 1971. Ida later married Paul Mount. He died October 19, 2009. She was employed with National Manufacturing for 23 years retiring in 1995...
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