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James E. Fitzgerald

November 7, 1932 - July 26, 2016

DIXON – James E. Fitzgerald, 83 died Tuesday July 26, 2016 at Franklin Grove Nursing Home. He was born on November 7, 1932 in Humboldt, IA the son of Bernerd and Agnes (Johnson) Fitzgerald and served in the USAF during the Korean War. He married Doris Seidel in 1952. She died in 1988. He later married Treva (Davis) Hargitt on September 1, 1990. Jim was employed for 28 years at the former...
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Donald L. Nehrkorn

April 19, 1937 - July 25, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Donald L. Nehrkorn, age 79, died Monday, July 25, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Don was born on April 19, 1937 in Rock Falls the son of Vernon D. and Lottie E. (Bowers) Nehrkorn and was a 1955 graduate of Rock Falls High School where he lettered all four years in all sports. He married Judith Werland on July 14, 1957 in Sterling. Don was employed as a General Foreman...
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Trinidad C. Molina

November 21, 1933 - July 25, 2016

STERLING – Trinidad C. Molina, 82 of Sterling died Monday July 25, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. He was born on November 21, 1933 in Agualeguas, N.L., Mexico the son of Candelario T. and Cayetana (Villareal) Molina. He married Josefina Padilla on July 11, 1959 in McAllen, TX. Mr. Molina was employed for 31 years at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring as...
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James Paul Galvin

September 13, 1930 - July 23, 2016

James Paul Galvin, 85, of Sterling, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Regency Care in Sterling after a long battle. Born September 13, 1930 in Burlington, Iowa he was a son of Walter and Gertrude (Rogosia) Galvin. He married Doris Kainer on December 7, 1954 in Park Ridge. She preceded him in death on August 27, 2009. Those left to honor his memory include a daughter, Deborah...
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James E. Werland II

February 13, 1974 - July 22, 2016

James Edward Werland II, 42, of Leander,Texas, formerly of Sterling, died unexpectedly Friday, July 22, 2016 at Allegiance Health Hospital in Jackson, Mich. Born February 13, 1974 in Sterling he was the son of James and Sheila (Gowan) Werland. Surviving are his wife, Desiree Werland of Leander; parents, James (Sheila) Werland, of Sterling; two daughters, Ashley and Krysta Werland of...
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Ruth Olive Cornils

January 12, 1922 - July 22, 2016

Ruth Olive (Hill) Cornils, 94, of Sterling, passed away on July 22, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family following a brief illness. Born January 12, 1922 just south of Creston, Illinois, Ruth was the fifth of six children of Oscar and Olive (Ravnaas) Hill. Upon graduation from Northern Illinois Teacher's College (now NIU) with an Associate degree in 1939 Ruth taught elementary...
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Doris E. Royer

September 29, 1928 - July 22, 2016

OREGON – Doris E. Royer, age 87, formerly of Harmon died Friday, July 22, 2016 at Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center, Oregon. Doris was born on September 29, 1928 in Erie the daughter of Ally and Mary (Behler) Wallingford. She married Robert Royer on September 4, 1948 in Rock Falls. He died on May 7, 2009. Doris was a homemaker. Survivors include four daughters, Delores Estes of...
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Becky M. Langner

January 24, 1939 - July 22, 2016

DIXON – Becky M. Langner, age 77, died at her home Friday, July 22, 2016. Becky was born on January 24, 1939 in Reedsburg, Wis. the daughter of Albert and Dorothy (Lutz) Riedel. She married Peter Langner on July 29, 1966 in Baraboo, Wis. Becky was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Peter of Dixon; two daughters, Kim (Charles) Krabbenhoeft of Sterling and Kandi Hall of Rockford;...
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Ronald D. Frye

August 20, 1942 - July 19, 2016

Ronald D. Frye Ronald D. Frye, age 73, of Dixon, died Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at the Dixon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Ronald was born August 20, 1942 in Saltsburg, Pa. the son of Albert and Caroline (Cupples) Frye. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later was employed at Schryver's Bacon Factory in Dixon. Survivors include one daughter, Robin (Shane Gray) Frye of...
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Barbara S. Rodekamp

October 3, 1935 - July 19, 2016

Barbara Sue Rodekamp, 80, of Clinton, formerly of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at her home. Born October 3, 1935 in Sterling she was the daughter of Roy and Carrie (Tompkins) Denning. She married Carl Rodekamp on May 10, 1951 in Sterling. She and her husband Carl owned and operated Rodekamp Painting in Sterling for 37 years. She was a supervisor at General Electric in Morrison...
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Joan E. Massengill

December 9, 1924 - July 18, 2016

MILLEDGEVILLE- Joan E. Massengill, 91, of Milledgeville, died Monday, July 18, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion following a brief hospitalization and skilled care placement for chronic needs. Born December 9, 1924 she was a daughter of Forrest and Grace (Schiltz) Kaeser. She was united in marriage to Loyde "Frank" Massengill. Joan was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who was...
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Marlene Ann Linn

September 29, 1939 - July 15, 2016

Marlene Ann Linn, age 76 of Rock Falls, IL, died Friday, July 15, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. Marlene was born on September 29, 1939 in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Howard P. and Anne Marie (Gustafson) Gunn. She married Buford Ray Linn on August 28, 1970 in Rock Falls, IL. She proudly assisted with the Linn Construction Company, working as the secretary and treasurer for 45...
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Edward Francis Hermes

January 14, 1941 - July 12, 2016

DIXON – Edward F. Hermes, 75 of rural Dixon died Tuesday July 12, 2016 at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, IA. He was born on January 14, 1941 in Sterling, the son of Hugh J. and Mary Elizabeth (O'Neil) Hermes. He attended St. Mary School and Newman High School in Sterling. Ed was a 4th generation farmer, having dedicated over 55 years to farming in Whiteside and Lee Counties until his...
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Phyllis Clemens

July 11, 1930 - July 11, 2016

STERLING – Phyllis J. Clemens, 86 of Sterling died Monday July 11, 2016 at Morningside of Sterling. She was born on July 11, 1930 in Petersburg, IA the daughter of Clarence and Anna Rose (Bockenstedt) Wessels. She married Dorrance "Doc" Clemens on September 4, 1950 in New Vienna, IA. She and her husband were the owners/operators of D & E Furniture Store in Sterling retiring in July 1995. ...
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Dorothy "Dotty" Jacob

September 4, 1934 - July 8, 2016

Dorothy "Dotty" M. Jacob, age 81, died Friday, July 8, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Dotty was born on September 4, 1934 in Energy the daughter of Sidney W. and Edna Mae (Dillow) White. She married Roscoe "Jake" Jacob on December 6, 1969 in Sterling. He preceded her on June 22, 1992. Dotty was employed at Lambs Tap, Rock Falls and several area restaurants. Survivors include two...
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John R. Nagel

August 19, 1927 - July 7, 2016

John R. Nagel of Morrison, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the age of 88, but his kind heart and strong will shall not be forgotten. He was born at home at 1293 Bluff Street, on August 19, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa and was the fourth of six children of Arthur Eugene and Margaret M. (Aureden) Nagel. John attended St. Mary's Grade School in Dubuque and graduated from...
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Timothy R. Lundquist, Sr.

March 22, 1961 - July 5, 2016

PROPHETSTOWN – Timothy R. Lundquist, Sr., age 55, died at home Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Tim was born on March 22, 1961 in Chicago, the son of Richard Lundquist, Sr. and Marie (Kendall) Lundquist. He married Geri Moore on August 13, 1983 in Sandwich. Tim was employed as an HVAC Instructor with several area colleges. Survivors include his wife, Geri of Prophetstown; one daughter,...
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Larry J. Gragert

April 16, 1939 - July 5, 2016

Larry Jule Gragert, age 77 of Sterling, died Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Larry was born on April 16, 1939 in Clarion, Iowa, the son of Roy and June (Streit) Gragert. He is a United States Navy Veteran. Larry drove a truck for Lawrence Brothers until he retired, then went to work for Yellow Freight where he retired for the second time, and for the last 5 years he...
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Myron L. Van Buskirk

April 29, 1955 - July 4, 2016

Myron L. Van Buskirk, 61, of Albany, died Monday, July 4, 2016 at his home. Born April 29, 1955 in Savanna, he was a son of Robert and Virginia (Thompson) Van Buskirk. He married Marlene Rose on January 11, 1986 in Clinton, Iowa. Myron worked for ADM/EMS for 12 years as a Tool Crib Attendant and was a US Navy veteran. He enjoyed doing auto body work and painting cars, working in his yard...
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Raymond R. Peugh

June 21, 1939 - July 1, 2016

Raymond R. Peugh, 77, of Polo, died Friday, July 1, 2016 at Polo Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born June 21, 1939 in Sterling, he was the son of Ralph and Hazel (Fletchic) Peugh. He married Donna (Humphreys) Drexler on January 1, 1990 in North Las Vegas, Nev. Mr. Peugh was a US Army Veteran, a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sterling and a 1957 graduate of Sterling...
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Elizabeth June Dillow

October 5, 1929 - June 30, 2016

Elizabeth June Dillow, age 86 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, June 30, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. June was born on October 5, 1929, the daughter of James and Gertrude (Oller) McCabe. She married Burton Dillow on February 28, 1946; he preceded her in death on July 22, 2011. June started sewing when she was a girl, learning to make her own clothes as she launched her career as a...
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R. Craig Massey

August 2, 1962 - June 30, 2016

STERLING – R. Craig Massey, 53 of Sterling died Thursday June 30, 2016 at CGH Medical Center. He was born August 2, 1962 in Sterling, the son of Garlin and Melva (Counts) Massey and was a 1980 graduate of Sterling High School. He married Julie A. Sheffler on May 26, 1990 in Sterling. Craig had worked as a driver for UPS for 25 years and for the past 10 years was maintenance supervisor at...
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Russell N. Garrett

May 23, 1930 - June 30, 2016

Russell N. Garrett, age 86 of Fulton, died Thursday, June 30, 2016 at his home. Russell was born on May 23, 1930 in Breckenridge, MN, the son of William and Zelma (McDougal) Garrett. He married Dorothy Dahlberg on July 29, 1950 in Breckenridge. She died in May 1999. He was employed at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring as a superintendent after 36 years of service. ...
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N. Kathleen Hunkins

November 18, 1930 - June 29, 2016

N. Kathleen Hunkins N. Kathleen Hunkins, age 85, of Dixon, died Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at her home. Kathleen was born November 18, 1930 in Shibley Point, Mo. the daughter of Audrey and Letta (Byrn) Leonard. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1948 and was employed at GE in Morrison for over 20 years. Kathleen enjoyed all animals, flowers and gardening. Survivors include her son,...
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Richard J. Bellville

December 16, 1955 - June 28, 2016

Richard Bellville, 60, of Palatine, formerly of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at his residence. Born December 16, 1955 in St. Ignace, Mich. He was a son of Marshall John and Catherine Margaret (Dolan) Bellville. He married Anita Williamson on September 26, 1983 in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death on September 2, 2005. Richard was an electrician and lifelong member of IBEW. ...
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Ila J. Hulstrom-Holly

July 7, 1928 - June 24, 2016

Ila J. Hulstrom-Holly, 87, of Sterling, IL, passed away on June 24, 2016, at the CGH Medical Center, Sterling, IL. Ila was born July 7, 1928, in Osceola, IL; the daughter of James A. and R. Bernice (Clarke) Forbes. She married Everett E. Hulstrom and later married Thomas Holly on March 22, 1999, in Ocala, FL. He preceded her in death on November 16, 2011. She was a member of the First...
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Russell L. Spencer

February 2, 1947 - June 23, 2016

Russell L. Spencer, 88, of Walnut, died Thursday, June 23, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Born August 2, 1927 in Rock Falls, he was a son of Toby O. and Etta Mae (Crotts) Spencer. He was united in marriage to Ellen "Boots" Von Holten on February 2, 1947 at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. Russell proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII from 1944...
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Agnes Ann Worthington

November 3, 1942 - June 23, 2016

Agnes Ann Worthington, age 73 of Sterling, died Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Agnes was born on November 3, 1942 in Sterling, the daughter of Lawrence and Margaret (Lauff) Aldrich. She attended Newman Central Catholic High School and graduated with the class of 1961. Agnes received her nursing certificate at Sauk Valley Community College and worked as a Licensed...
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Larry L. Alber

March 10, 1944 - June 21, 2016

Larry Loren Alber passed away from this life on June 21, 2016. He was born in Freeport, Illinois, to the late Loren and Lucile Bushman Alber on March 10, 1944. He graduated from Milledgeville, Illinois High School and then attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota, where he graduated in 1966. His career after college began with work for Kraft Foods in Illinois and later...
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Gonzalo Mena

September 24, 1923 - June 20, 2016

STERLING – Gonzalo C. Mena, 92 of Sterling died Monday June 20, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. He was born on September 24, 1923 in Mexico City, Mexico, the son of Roberto and Carmen (Castillo) Mena. He married Rose Sandoval on January 31, 1947 in Ft Madison, IA. She died September 13, 1993. Mr. Mena was employed for 36 years at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling...
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Glen R. Stanley

August 12, 1919 - June 17, 2016

Glen R. Stanley, 96, was born August 12, 1919 in Coloma Township to Bertha (Selgastad) Stanley and Clarence Stanley. A lifetime resident of Rock Falls, he entered into His Eternal Life on June 17, 2016. A good man, a hardworking man and a brilliant minded man, he was an Eagle Scout, called up to serve his country during WW II, willing to serve but rejected due to a heart condition. Glen was a...
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Meredith Anne Renkes

January 13, 1930 - June 16, 2016

Meredith A. Renkes, 86, of Morrison, IL, passed away June 16, 2016, at CGH Medical Center. Meredith was born January 13, 1930, in Morrison; the daughter of Ralph and Sara (Rogers) Domdey. She married Warren R. Renkes on November 7, 1947, in Morrison, IL. He preceded her in death on November 11, 1998. Meredith was a 1947 graduate of Morrison High School. She was employed at General Electric...
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Jerry R. Burgess, Sr.

January 20, 1949 - June 14, 2016

Jerry Richard Burgess, Sr., age 67 of Sterling, died Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at home. Jerry was born on January 20, 1949 in Saltville, VA, the son of George and Myrtle (Porter) Burgess. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in the War in Vietnam. Jerry was employed by the United States Postal Service for 24 years. Survivors include his mother, Myrtle of Janesville, WI; one daughter,...
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Phillip Gary Pyron

December 1, 1949 - June 13, 2016

Phillip Gary Pyron, 66 of Sterling died Monday June 13, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on December 1, 1949 in Marvell, AR the son of Wilburn and Lola (Berry) Pyron. He married Bonnie J. French on June 14, 1968 at Como Baptist Church, Sterling. He had worked for many years at the former Reliant Fastner in Rock Falls. He enjoyed watching and attending grandchildren's...
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Diane H. Walsh

October 2, 1942 - June 12, 2016

Diane H. Walsh, age 73 of Sterling, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, June 12, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her immediate family, after being visited the last few weeks by so many dear friends and family members. Diane was born on October 2, 1942 in West Palm Beach, FL, the daughter of William H. and Margaret (Rood) Small, Jr. She married...
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Mary Alice Bornemeier

May 12, 1927 - June 11, 2016

Mary A. Bornemeier, 89, of Sterling, died Saturday evening, June 11, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion. Born May 12, 1927 in Dwight, Ill. she was a daughter of Stanley and Alice (Eikenberry) Finifrock. She married Edward Bornemeier on March 15, 1947 in Carroll County. Those left to honor her memory include her husband Edward, of Sterling; two daughters, Charlene (Alan) Knudten of Rock Falls and...
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Joyce Ann Long

July 14, 1942 - June 11, 2016

STERLING – Joyce A. Long, 73 of Prairieville, died Saturday June 11, 2016 at her home. She was born on July 14, 1942 in Eldorado, IL the daughter of John and Nellie (Hayden) Clark. She married John J. Long Sr. on September 8, 1961 in Polo. He died July 20, 1986. She later married Gurven Bland on February 14, 1999. He died February 26, 2006. Joyce had volunteered many hours and had cooked at...
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Mary Elaine Gibson

September 29, 1937 - June 11, 2016

Mary Elaine Gibson, 78, of Thomson, died Saturday morning, June 11, 2016 at Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton. Born September 29, 1937 in Clinton, Iowa she was a daughter of Robert and Marie (Kelly) McGowan. She married George Leland Gibson on September 1, 1956 in Villa Park. He preceded her in death on May 27, 2000. Mary was of the Catholic faith. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing...
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Roland L. Dail

January 30, 1920 - June 10, 2016

Roland Leroy Dail Milledgeville - Roland Leroy Dail, 96, passed away peacefully with family in his Milledgeville home June 10. Roland was born the third of five children to Dubert and Emma Dail, Erie Illinios, graduated Erie High School 1938. Joined the U.S. Navy, attended Naval War College, served during WW II. At sea, he sang "God Save the Queen" and "How Great Thou Art" to...
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Robert "Bob" McKinley

March 14, 1944 - June 9, 2016

Robert (Bob) Charles McKinley 72 passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016 at OSF St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford, IL. He was born March 14, 1944 in Belleville, IL to Walter and Marie (Broberg) McKinley. He graduated from Harlem High School, Loves Park, IL in 1962 and attended Western Illinois University. He graduated from Rockford College in 1971 and earned his MBA from Northern Illinois. Bob...
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Robert L. McCoy

May 10, 1935 - June 7, 2016

Robert McCoy, 81, of Sterling, died Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at his home. Born May 10, 1935 in Sterling he was a son of William and Marjorie (Sherman) McCoy. He married Mary Lewis in 1977. She preceded him in death in 2011. He was employed with United Electric and later Reitzel Electric as an electrician. He moved to Texas and ran his own electrical business from 1981 until his retirement...
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Marcia Billings

November 4, 1944 - June 6, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Marcia Billings, age 71, died at home Monday June 6, 2016. Marcia was born on November 4, 1944 in Dixon the daughter of Charles "Al" and Ruth (Feery) Milledge. She married David Billings on July 3, 1976 in Rock Falls. Marcia was employed with GE in Morrison retiring in 1978. Survivors include her husband David of Rock Falls; one daughter, Tina Egan of Kansas City, Mo; one...
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Michelle L. Northcutt

May 13, 1966 - June 4, 2016

STERLING - Michelle Lynn (Frank) Northcutt, originally from Rock Falls, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday June 4, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her immediate family, after being visited the last few weeks by so many dear friends and family members. Michelle was born to the loving parents of Dennis and Linda (Russell) Frank. Her father preceded...
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Kathryn A. Fowkes

August 26, 1955 - June 4, 2016

Kathryn A. Fowkes, age 60 of Sterling, IL, passed away on June 4, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion. Born to Richard and Ruth (Mason) Hedstrom on August 26, 1955 in Norfolk, VA, Kathy attended Woodlawn School, where she was a state title-holding swimmer, and Sterling High School. She later married her now ex-husband, Douglas Fowkes, and gave birth to the prides of her life, her three sons. Kathy...
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Dale E. Hughes

August 19, 1964 - June 1, 2016

Dale E. Hughes Dale E. Hughes, age 51, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dale was born August 19, 1964 in Sterling the son of Garnett and Theresa (Sutton) Hughes. He married Tenna Duran on August 8, 2015 at their home in Rock Falls. Dale was an agricultural truckdriver for many years. He was a diehard Bears fan and the biggest...
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Bonnie J. Wankerl

June 14, 1938 - June 1, 2016

Bonnie June Wankerl, age 77 of Oquawka, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Roseville Rehabilitation and Health Care in Roseville, IL. Bonnie was born on June 14, 1938 in Rozetta, IL at home, the daughter of Joseph and Martha (Collins) McVey. She married John Wankerl on December 24, 1961. He preceded her in death on April 26, 1989. Survivors include her sister, Melva Essex of Oquawka, IL and...
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Leanne G. Baxter

November 30, 1939 - June 1, 2016

Leanne G. Baxter Leanne G. Baxter, age 76, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. Leanne was born November 30, 1939 in Sterling the daughter of Guy and Edna (Melhousen) Shippee. She married Warren Baxter on March 21, 1959 in Rock Falls. She was employed as an in home caregiver for many years and was a member of 16th Avenue Church of Christ in...
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David R. Wagner

May 25, 1943 - May 30, 2016

ROCK FALLS – David R. Wagner, 73 of Rock Falls died Monday May 30, 2016 at his home. He was born on May 25, 1943 in Sterling, the son of Henry S. and Lucille (Schneider) Wagner. He married Sheryl (King) Smith on August 17, 1984 in Rock Falls. Dave had worked for over 37 years at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling. He was a car enthusiast and at one time owned and he...
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Irene T. Ramirez

October 20, 1926 - May 30, 2016

Irene T. Ramirez, age 89, of Sterling, died Monday, May 30, 2016 at her home. Irene was born October 20, 1926 in Taft, Texas the daughter of Dionicion and Josefa (Campos) Trevino. She married Noe D. Ramirez on February 9, 1947 in Pharr, Texas. He preceded her in death on September 3, 1992. Irene was employed at Admiral in Dixon, Borg-Warner in Dixon, Harper-Wyman in Sterling and General...
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Allison J. Edwards

August 9, 1956 - May 28, 2016

Allison J. Edwards, 59, of Sterling, died Saturday, May 28, 2016 at home. Born August 9, 1956 in Champaign, she was a daughter of Franklin and Shiela (Foskett) Pribble. Those left to honor her memory include her parents Sheila Davis of Dixon and Edwin Davis of Wheaton; her sisters, Tina Krasciki of Colorado and Tara Resgonia of California; brothers, Nick (Carol) Foskett of England, Jeremy ...
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Carol "Sue" Todd

October 11, 1941 - May 27, 2016

Carol "Sue" Todd, age 74 of Sterling, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at her home. Sue was born on October 11, 1941 in Morrison, the daughter of Warren and Yetta (Lyon) Smith. She married Dale Todd on November 21, 1986 in Xenia, OH. She was a member of D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution and Harvest Time Bible Church. Survivors include her husband Dale; mother, Yetta Todd of...
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Mary Ann Hardt

August 11, 1943 - May 26, 2016

Mary Ann Hardt, age 72 of Sterling, died Thursday, May 26, 2016 at her home. Mary Ann was born on August 11, 1943 in Broadview, IL, the daughter of John and Mary Lou (Goodson) Lindmeier. She married Robert E. Hardt, Sr. in Bellwood at the United Church of Christ and celebrated 56 years of marriage on February 25th. Mary Ann was employed by UPS in Oak Brook, working in customer service for 17...
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Belva J. Bielema

July 20, 1925 - May 25, 2016

Belva Jean Bielema, 90, of Fulton, IL, died Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City after a brief illness. Born July 20, 1925 in Clinton, IA, she was a daughter of Albert Norman and Lucille Wierenga. Belva lived in the Fulton house her father, Albert "Bat" Norman, built for her and her husband from 1947 through 2012. She loved doing small things for others and...
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June L. Machamer

June 1, 1927 - May 23, 2016

June L. Machamer, age 88, of Wauconda, died Monday, May 23, 2016 at her home. June was born June 1, 1927 in Chicago the daughter of Gust and Esther Bergquist. She graduated college with her Bachelor's Degree in Home Economics and her Master's Degree in early childhood education. She married Charles E. Machamer in Lake Zurich, Illinois. He preceded her in death on January 29, 2004....
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Anna F. Hicks

March 14, 1942 - May 23, 2016

Anna Faye Hicks, 74 of Sterling, passed away Monday May 23, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. She was born on March 14, 1942 in Bardstown, KY the daughter of Theodore and Annie (Vest) Aldridge and had attended Rock Falls schools. She married Curry J. Hicks December 30, 1958 in Charleston, S.C. Anna had worked at GE in Morrison and Sterling Steel Ball. Anna enjoyed spending time with...
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Ingeborg "Inga" Teachout

January 28, 1930 - May 19, 2016

Ingeborg "Inga" Hannlore Haarmeyer Teachout, age 86 of Sterling, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Inga was born on January 28, 1930 in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of Heinrich and Emilie (Johannesmeyer) Haarmeyer. She married Lester Teachout on November 26, 1954 at Centennial United Methodist Church in Rockford. Inga came to the United States in...
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John A. Celletti, Jr.

February 15, 1948 - May 19, 2016

John A. Celletti, Jr., age 68 of Rock Falls, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016 at home. John was born on February 15, 1948 in Sterling, the son of John and Ida (Smith) Celletti, Sr. He graduated from Newman Central Catholic High School. John married Diana Reid on June 5, 1966 in Rock Falls. He was the owner and operator of Celletti's Sportland in Rock Falls. John loved his store and cherished...
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Donna Lee Smith

November 17, 1939 - May 19, 2016

Donna Lee Smith, 76, of Sterling, passed away May 19, 2016 after a long battle with cancer, at home with her family by her side. Donna was born November 17, 1939, in Sterling, the daughter of Hugo and Mabel (Dietz) Gerken. She married Dale E. Smith on April 9, 1961. Donna was a registered nurse for 50 years and co-owner of Dale's Charter Service, with her husband, for 20 years. Donna loved...
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Thomas Neil VanNatta

September 22, 1941 - May 16, 2016

Thomas N. VanNatta, 74 of Prophetstown died Monday May 16, 2016 at his home. He was born on September 22, 1941 in Rock Falls, IL the son of Ray and Catherine (Spencer) VanNatta and had been a 1960 graduate of Rock Falls High School. He married Vicki Stevens on June 24, 1961 at St. Andrew Church in Rock Falls and had served in the US Army in Korea. Having come back to Rock Falls after the...
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Joshua W. Grunder

January 5, 1977 - May 15, 2016

Joshua William Grunder, age 39 of Tampico, died Sunday, May 15, 2016 in Fort Payne, Alabama. Josh was born on January 5, 1977 in Freeport, IL, the son of Randy and Nancy (Smith) Grunder. He graduated from Lena-Winslow High School in 1995. He married Jill Michele Skwiercz in 2001 in Dekalb, IL. Josh was employed by East Moline Correctional Center for over 15 years. He is a United States Air...
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Loretta L. Behrens

July 22, 1937 - May 6, 2016

Loretta L. Behrens, 78 of Dixon, died Friday, May 6, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home She was born July 22, 1937 in Sterling, the daughter of Carl and Dorothy (Bishop) Potts. Loretta was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church. She enjoyed painting, quilting, and entertaining for her family. Survivors include her children, Gregory Behrens of Rock Falls and Braden Behrens of Rockford;...
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Florence L. VanDeWostine

August 5, 1926 - May 6, 2016

Florence L. VanDeWostine Florence L. VanDeWostine, age 89, of Prophetstown, died Friday, May 6, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Florence was born August 5, 1926 in Prophetstown the daughter of Glenn and Sylvia (Beebe) Brooks. She married Fred VanDeWostine on August 13, 1944 in Davenport, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 24, 2013. Florence owned and operated The Coffee Shop...
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Mark Near

October 24, 1963 - May 5, 2016

STERLING – Mark R. Near, 52 of Sterling died Thursday May 5, 2016 unexpectedly. He was born on October 24, 1963 in Morrison, the son of Robert and Vera (Schroeder) Near and was a graduate of Sterling High School. Mark had worked all of his adult life as a mechanic. He enjoyed "wrenching" and found great fulfillment in attending and nurturing his son Kobe in quad racing. Surviving are...
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Floyd L. Bennett

April 11, 1927 - May 4, 2016

Floyd L. Bennett, 89 of Elkhart, IN, passed away on Wednesday May 4, 2016. He was born on April 11, 1927 in rural Whiteside County, the son of Leonard and Emily (Gruber) Bennett. He married Janet R.Verbout on March 19, 1949 at Sacred Heart Church in Sterling. She died August 11, 2015. He was employed in the office at Frantz Mfg Co in Sterling for over 47 years. He served in the US Navy for 3...
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Robert "Willie" W. Cochran

July 3, 1956 - May 2, 2016

Robert W. Cochran "Willie" Robert W. Cochran, age 59, of Harmon, died Monday, May 2, 2016 at his home. "Willie" Robert was born July 3, 1956 in Sterling the son of Willie and Mary (Wade) Cochran. He married Donna Burgett on November 26, 1973 in Tipton County, Tenn. He was employed at Rockwell International in Palmdale, Calif. for 15 years. "Willie" Robert enjoyed camping with his...
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John N. Brouilette

October 11, 1962 - May 2, 2016

John N. Brouilette, 53 of Sterling passed away after a brief illness on Monday May 2nd, 2016 at his home. John was born on October 11, 1962 in Chicago, the son of Kenneth E. Brouilette and Anne M. (McCarthy) Brouilette. John graduated in 1980 from Sterling High School where he was active in sports, and became a gifted running back. His athleticism carried over to his two sons, Joseph and...
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Warren C. Long

December 22, 1945 - May 1, 2016

PROPHETSTOWN – Warren C. Long, age 70, died Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Rush Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. Warren was born on December 22, 1945 in Sterling the son of Leslie and Wilma (Shank) Long. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1965 and from Sauk Valley Community College in 1968. He married Beverly Bohm on December 6, 1968 in Sterling. Warren was employed for 33 years as a Data...
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Victor A. Raines

November 16, 1960 - May 1, 2016

Victor Allen Raines, age 55, of Dixon, passed away Sunday morning, May 1, 2016 at home. Born November 16, 1960 in Geneva, he was a son of Charles and Yvonne (Arnold) Raines. He married Carol Dittmar on June 22, 2012 in Dixon. Victor was employed at Crest Foods in Ashton for 32 years until retiring in 2014. His all-time passion was to hunt and fish with his brother Jeff. He was involved...
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Genevieve Irene Covello

February 6, 1929 - April 30, 2016

Genevieve I. Covello, age 87, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Sauk Valley Senior Living Center. Born February 6, 1929 in Sterling, she was a daughter of Vernon Clyde and Vernice (Newman) Perkins. She married Thomas Covello in June 1965 at Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death. Genevieve was a nurse for many years. Those surviving include her children: Dino Jenerro of...
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Wayne A. Stinemyer

July 1, 1922 - April 30, 2016

Wayne A. Stinemyer Wayne A. Stinemyer, age 93, of Sterling, died Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Sun Valley Terrace in Beloit, Wis. Wayne was born July 1, 1922 in Galt the son of Harry and Bertha (Mock) Stinemyer. He married Judith Rudolph on November 16, 1958 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on April 1, 2005. He was employed at Frantz Manufacturing in Sterling for 43 years. Wayne was a...
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Mary Lavonne Morgan

April 30, 1930 - April 26, 2016

Mary Lavonne Morgan, age 85 of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Villages Regional Hospital in The Villages, Florida. Lavonne was born on April 30, 1930 in Sterling, the daughter of John and Henrietta (McDermott) McDonnell. She married Donald Gene Morgan on October 17, 1953 in Sterling. Lavonne had managed and cared for the McDonnell Farms, was an Avon sales representative and...
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Brian Dale Hurd

October 3, 1953 - April 26, 2016

Brian Dale Hurd, age 62 of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Iowa City VA Medical Center after a very brief and sudden illness. Brian was born on October 3, 1953 in Rochelle, the son of Dale and Janice (Behmer) Hurd. He is a graduate of Rock Falls High School, Class of 1971. He married his childhood sweetheart, Audrey Gibbons, in Rock Falls and the two celebrated 44 years of marriage...
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Michael J. O'Neal, Sr.

October 15, 1949 - April 20, 2016

SAVANNA – Michael J. O'Neal Sr., age 66, died Wednesday, April 21, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Michael was born on October 15, 1949 in Savanna the son of Lawrence J. and Arlene (Belander) O'Neal. He married Helen Wheeler on August 7, 1970 in Toledo, Ohio. Michael was employed as a Custodian for over 30 years at The Toledo Hospital, Toledo, Ohio. He was an avid...
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Dennis A. Lubbs

March 4, 1952 - April 20, 2016

Dennis A. Lubbs Dennis A. Lubbs, age 64, of Tampico, died Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at his home. Dennis was born March 4, 1952 in Kewanee the son of William "Bill" and Joyce (Wangelin) Lubbs. He married Kathy Nelson on August 9, 1997. Together they have owned and operated Genesis Nursery in Tampico for 26 years. Survivors include his wife of Tampico; one daughter, Billie Jo (Aaron) Egan...
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Dorris N. Gandy

May 27, 1932 - April 18, 2016

Dorris N. Gandy Dorris N. Gandy, age 83, of Dixon, died Monday, April 18, 2016 at Aperion Care Amboy. Dorris was born May 27, 1932 in McMinnville, Tenn. the daughter of Arlie and Bessie (Smith) Maynard. She married Wayne Gandy on July 5, 1954 in Reno, Ga. He preceded her in death on January 23, 2002. She owned and operated Dorris's Day and Night Care Center in Dixon and was a member of...
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Eugene "Jiggs" Schmidt

June 8, 1929 - April 18, 2016

STERLING – Eugene "Jiggs" Schmidt, died Monday April 18, 2016 at CGH Medical center in Sterling. Jiggs was born on June 8, 1929 the son of Charles and Clara (Hurst) Schmidt. He attended and graduated from Manlius High School , lettering in basketball, football and track. He married his high school sweetheart, Genevieve "Ginny" Dahl on January 29, 1950. He started his married life farming...
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Betty Jane Riley

August 23, 1933 - April 18, 2016

Betty J. Riley MORRISON - Betty J. Riley, age 82, died Monday, April 18, 2016 at her home. Betty was born August 23, 1933 in Morrison the daughter of William and Ida (Smith) Birely. She married Ray Riley on July 17, 1954 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on September 15, 2012. She was homemaker. Betty was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. Survivors include 5 Godchildren, Betty...
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Gail E. Skinner

August 23, 1957 - April 17, 2016

Gail Eugene Skinner, age 58 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, April 17, 2016 at home. Gail was born on August 23, 1957 in Sterling, the son of Hubert and Zenith (Walters) Skinner. He was a truck driver for many years. Survivors include his daughters, Nichole Skinner of Tampico; one granddaughter, Jaslyn Cauthen; step-son, Daniel (Crystal) Swarthout of Tuscan, AZ; four brothers, Royce (Sandy)...
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Michelle Baker Gonzalez

August 1, 1958 - April 17, 2016

NELSON – Michelle Lynn Baker Gonzalez, 57 passed away Sunday April 17, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. She was born on August 1, 1958 in Sterling, the daughter of Donald E. and Norma J. (Todhunter) Baker. She attended Nelson Grade School and Rock Falls High School. In the past she had worked at the former Lawrence Brothers in Sterling. Surviving is her husband Ray Gonzalez; one...
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William "Bill" E. Rhodes

July 4, 1933 - April 17, 2016

William "Bill" E. Rhodes William "Bill" E. Rhodes, age 82, of Sterling, died Sunday, April 17, 2016 at his home. Bill was born July 4, 1933 in Ramsey the son of Louie and Jennie (Hicks) Rhodes. He served in the US Air Force and later was employed at RB&W in the shipping department. He married Roberta Carew on November 22, 1958 in Clinton, Iowa. Bill enjoyed sitting outside, planting his...
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Walter E Divers,, Jr.

January 31, 1988 - April 16, 2016

Walter E. Divers, Jr (Boogie), age 28 of Sterling, died Saturday, April 16, 2016. He was born on January 31, 1988 in Sterling, the son of Walter Divers Sr. and Debra (Metzler) Williams. Walter enjoyed music and dancing, hanging out with his dad and watching sports. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was always trying to make others smile and laugh. He loved spending time with his family...
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Rodney L. Scott

October 26, 1955 - April 14, 2016

Rodney L. Scott, age 60 of Rock Falls, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 14, 2016 at home. Rod was born on October 26, 1955 in Sterling; the son of Raymond F. and Dorothy K. (Harty) Scott. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1974, then received his Bachelor's Degree from Western Illinois University and later received his Master's in Education from St. Xavier University. Rod...
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Dorothy Smith

January 5, 1933 - April 13, 2016

Dorothy Smith, 83 formerly of rural Nelson died Wednesday April 13, 2016 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in Dekalb. She was born on January 5, 1933 in Olivia, MN the daughter of Gasper and Dorothy (Miller) Wolf. She married Howard Gaffey and he died in May 1963. She then married Kenneth Robert Smith on November 22, 1963 in Dixon. He died September 1981. Dorothy had worked as an aid at the...
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Virginia A. Popkin

July 24, 1936 - April 10, 2016

Virginia A. Popkin, age 79 of Morrison, died Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Mercy Living Center North in Clinton. Virginia was born on July 24, 1936 in Moline; the daughter of George and Mabel (King) Johnson. She graduated from Morrison High School in 1955. Virginia married Arnold Popkin on July 26, 1958 in Morrison. She helped farm for many years. Virginia was a member of Morrison United Methodist...
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Harol Wilkinson

March 12, 1933 - April 9, 2016

STERLING – Harol D. Wilkinson, 83 of Sterling died Saturday April 9, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. He was born on March 12, 1933 in Trenton, MO the son of Lloyd and Ardeth (Chambers) Wilkinson. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Harol married Joann M. Cox on August 16, 1952 in Morrison. He was employed at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring as...
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LeRoy Much

October 4, 1925 - April 7, 2016

ROCK FALLS – LeRoy O. Much, 90 of Rock Falls died Thursday April 7, 2016 at CGH Medical Center. He was born on Waupaca, WI the son of Robert and Willemina Much and was a veteran of WW II having served in the US Navy. He married Bertha May Freeman on December 31, 1946 in Wheaton, IL. LeRoy was employed at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring as a millwright in 1985...
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Elizabeth Grassnickle

October 18, 1940 - April 7, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Elizabeth A. Grassnickle, 75 of Rock Falls died Thursday April 7, 2016 at her home. She was born on October 18, 1940 in Augusta, WI the daughter of Alvah and Florence (Ruhl) Arries. She married Byron Grassnickle on January 7, 1961 in Eau Claire, WI. She was a member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Sterling. She enjoyed baking, cooking and spending time with her family. ...
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Merl L. Ludwig

August 29, 1949 - April 7, 2016

Merl Leslie Ludwig, age 66 of Chadwick, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Merl was born on August 29, 1949 in Dixon the son of Melvin and Barbara (Grover) Ludwig. He married Roslyn Dyer on April 28, 1984 in Chadwick. Merl worked as a Driller and Blaster for Kasbohm Custom Drilling until he retired in 2013. He was a United States Army Veteran, serving in the War in Vietnam....
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Jaykwan Paul Harris

April 6, 2016

Jaykwan Paul Harris, infant son of Mykwana Jones, was welcomed into the arms of our Lord on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Jaykwan was born April 6, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Those left to honor his memory include his mother, Mykwana, of Rock Falls; his grandparents, Linda (Billy) Tate of Rock Falls; his step grandfather, Arthur Carter of Rock Falls; his great grandmother, Linda...
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Shirley Jean Swords

August 29, 1937 - April 6, 2016

Shirley J. Swords Shirley J. Swords, age 78, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Heritage Woods of Sterling. Shirley was born August 29, 1937 in Rock Falls the daughter of Irvin and Pauline (Bender) Burger. She married Raymond Swords on June 30, 1956 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on December 14, 2002. She was a homemaker and attended the First Open Bible Church in Rock...
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Mary Abney

February 14, 1926 - April 6, 2016

Mary L. Abney, 90, of Northlake, died Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at her home. Born February 14, 1926 in Ohio, Illinois she was a daughter of Edward and Eileen (Bradley) Sullivan. She married William Abney in 1944. He died in 2001. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Those surviving include her daughters Joan Lezza of Bellwood and Sheryl Livorsi of Lombard; her sons,...
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Rodney G. Keefer

August 17, 1939 - April 5, 2016

Rodney G. Keefer, 76 of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He retired in 1984 from the Parish Alford plant of Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. in Rock Falls as a wire drawer. He was born August 17, 1939 in Sterling, the son of Amos and Doris (VanDrew) Keefer. He married Twilla Foskitt on July 6, 1962 in Rock Falls. Survivors include his wife; two...
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Alfred C. Hinrichs

December 25, 1919 - April 5, 2016

Alfred C. Hinrichs Alfred C. Hinrichs, age 96, of Milledgeville, died Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at his home. Alfred was born December 25, 1919 in Sterling the son of Henry and Mathilda (Folkers) Hinrichs. He married Helen Heffelfinger on May 20, 1945 in Coleta. She preceded him in death on September 15, 2006. He farmed in the Milledgeville area his entire life and was a member of Trinity...
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June E. Morse

April 1, 1923 - April 2, 2016

June E. Morse, age 93 of Sterling, died Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Regency Care in Sterling. June was born on April 1, 1923 in Concord, IL; the daughter of Burrus and Ruth (Tewell) Rayborn. She married Howard James Morse on May 24, 1941 in Rock Falls; he preceded her in death in 1991. June was employed by Illinois Bell Telephone Company for many years. She is a past member of the Rock Falls...
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Marilyn A. White

August 21, 1935 - April 2, 2016

Marilyn Ann White, age 80 of Sterling, died Saturday, April 2, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Marilyn was born on August 21, 1935 in Tampico, the daughter of Ellison R. and Anna K. (Klockenga) Hook. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1953. On March 7, 1954, Marilyn married James R. White in Sterling, at her mother's home; they shared 62 wonderful years together. Marilyn...
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Betty L. Abbas

July 6, 1927 - March 31, 2016

STERLING – Betty L. Abbas, 88 of Sterling died Thursday March 31, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. She was born on July 6, 1927 in Sacred Heart, MN the daughter of George and Ethel (Yaeger) Melsness. She married Herman Abbas on October 2, 1945 in Renville, MN. He died March 23, 2007. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Sterling. Surviving are her children: Carol (Eddie)...
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Genevieve M. Wypasek

June 13, 1933 - March 31, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Genevieve M. Wypasek, age 82, died Thursday, March 31, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Genevieve was born on June 13, 1933 in Peru the daughter of John and Stella (Baran) Wasik. She married Stanley Wypasek on February 11, 1956 in Peru. Genevieve was a homemaker and member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, Rock Falls. Survivors include, her husband Stanley Wypasek of Rock...
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Marjorie M. Mills

July 8, 1935 - March 30, 2016

Marjorie M. Mills, 80, of Clinton, IA formerly of Prophetstown, died Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the Alverno in Clinton. Born July 8, 1935 in Sterling, she was a daughter of Ernest and Sarah (Evans) Schultz. She married Billy Mills on November 25, 1966 in Sterling. He preceded her in death in 1995. Those surviving include her daughter, Valorie (Gerald) Armstrong, of Prophetstown; four...
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Ronald E. Peterson

July 3, 1941 - March 29, 2016

Ronald E. Peterson, 74, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at home. Born July 3, 1941 in Sterling, he was the son of John and Drusilla (Mitchell) Peterson. He married Debra Pierceson on September 15, 1993 in Morrison. He was a US Navy veteran and was employed with NICIL as a Care Plan Coordinator until retiring in 1993. Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Debra, of...
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Johnnie William Brown

April 3, 1954 - March 29, 2016

Johnnie William Brown, age 61 of Sterling, died on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at his home. Johnnie was born on April 3, 1954 in Sterling, the son of John Earl and Ida (Snelling) Brown. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include his daughter, Heather (Erich) Turner of Monroe, WI; one sister, Kathy Scovel (Tom Walker) of Sterling; two brothers, Earl (Rose)...
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