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Alice Anna Martha Protokowitz

December 20, 1919 - March 25, 2015

Alice Anna Martha Protokowitz, age 95 of Milledgeville, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Good Samaritan Society in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Alice was born on December 20, 1919 in Husum West Germany; the daughter of Amandus and Emma (Kuhntopf) Martens. She married Walter Protokowitz on March 21, 1942 in Husum, West Germany; he preceded her in death on April 16, 1990. Alice was employed for 18...
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Richard Dominic O'Malley III

September 6, 1968 - March 24, 2015

Richard D. O'Malley III, 46 of Sterling died March 24, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on September 6, 1968 in Sterling, the son of Richard D. and Judith A. (Plautz) O'Malley. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1987 and later graduated from Southern Illinois University. Rick was a veteran of the Persian Gulf War having served 4 years in the US Navy and was a Sea Air...
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LeRoy Joseph Blatz

January 5, 1926 - March 23, 2015

LeRoy J. Blatz, 89 of Rock Falls died Monday March 23, 2015 surrounded by his loving family at his home. He was born on January 5, 1926 in New Trier, MN the son of Edward and Suzanna (Bungert) Blatz and was a veteran of WW II having served in the Army Air Force. He met the love of his life Mary Anna White in May 1950 and they were married on October 28, 1950 in Dubuque, IA. They have had 64...
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Celia S. Ybarra

October 21, 1938 - March 23, 2015

Celia S. Ybarra, 76 of Sterling died Monday March 23, 2015 at her home. She was born on October 21, 1938 in San Francisco, Del Rincon, GTO, Mexico the daughter of Jose and Juanita (Garcia) Sanchez. She married Raymond D. Ybarra Sr. on January 4, 1957. Celia's first job was working for Lupita's Tortilla in Sterling and later she worked for 12 years in housekeeping at CGH Medical Center in...
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Samuel Lyle Metzler

October 29, 1937 - March 23, 2015

Samuel L. Metzler Samuel L. Metzler, age 77 of Sterling died Monday, March 23, 2015 at Rock Falls Rehabilitation in Rock Falls. Samuel was born October 29, 1937 in Tekamah, Nebraska the son of Everett Metzler, Sr. and Bernettie Hefner-Perry. He married Bonnie Chambers on April 25, 1978 in Amboy. He was a successful businessman who enjoyed owning and watching his racehorses, football,...
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Anne Bittorf Cox

November 12, 1935 - March 23, 2015

Anne Bittorf Cox passed away March 23, 2015, peacefully with her family by her side at the Kahl Home in Davenport, Iowa. She was born in Sterling, Illinois November 12, 1935 to Joseph H. Bittorf and Mary Delaney Bittorf. Anne married William R. McCabe and had six children. Later in life she married Robert William Cox. Anne was a proud alum of St. Mary's College at Notre Dame, and an avid...
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Paul F. Seidel

August 21, 1930 - March 21, 2015

Paul F. Seidel, 84, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, March 21, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born August 21, 1930 in Sterling he was a son of Harry and Mabel (Moede) Seidel. On August 15, 1959 he was united in marriage to Carol Johnson. Paul was a US Navy Veteran who proudly served during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for over 30...
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Laura Weaver

January 2, 1920 - March 20, 2015

Laura Weaver, age 95 of Rock Falls died Friday, March 20, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Laura was born January 2, 1920 in Rock Falls the daughter of Robert James and Anna Elizabeth (Seidel) Card. She was a member of Bethel Reformed Church in Sterling. Laura married John David Weaver on August 10, 1940 in Clinton, IA. He preceded her in death on July 4, 1984. Survivors include...
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Clarence M. Franks

June 15, 1933 - March 20, 2015

ROCK FALLS – Clarence M. Franks, age 81, died Friday March 20, 2015 at Sterling Pavilion, Sterling. Clarence was born on June 15, 1933 in Traer, Iowa the son of John and Luella (Harrison) Franks. He married Christine Bloomquist on September 20, 1958 in Rock Falls. Clarence was employed with Northwest Steel & Wire Company in Sterling for 23 years retiring in 1983. He served his country in...
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Max M. Johnson

July 20, 1931 - March 20, 2015

Max M. Johnson, 83, of Prophetstown, formerly of Sterling, died Friday morning, March 20, 2015 at Regency Healthcare Center, Sterling. Born July 20, 1931 in Charlotte, Iowa he was a son of Byron and Minnie (Welch) Johnson. He married Betty Jean Panscik on November 10, 1951 in Morrison. She preceded him in death on September 8, 2006. He then married Anna Mae Wetzell on June 9, 2007. Max...
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Myrna "Sue" J. Wade

June 10, 1940 - March 19, 2015

MORRISON – Myrna "Sue" J. Wade, age 74, died Thursday March 19, 2015 at her home. Myrna Jeanette Wade was born on June 10, 1940 in Sterling, Colo. the daughter of Russell and Beulah (Pevler) Bruhn. She was employed with G.E. in Morrison for many years retiring in 2000. Myrna loved riding motorcycles and was a member of the Mississippi Valley BMW Riders. She enjoyed the outdoors, planting...
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Lorraine A. Hay

February 6, 1938 - March 14, 2015

MONTGOMERY – Lorraine Antoinette Hay, age 77, formerly of Rock Falls, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Rush Copley Hospital in Aurora. Lorraine was born on February 6, 1938 in Sterling the daughter of Anthony M. and Lillian (Gray) Black. She graduated second in her class of 1956 from Rock Falls High School. She married James A. Hay on February 21,...
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Eugene S. Grim

July 14, 1937 - March 11, 2015

Eugene S. Grim Eugene S. Grim, age 77, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport, IA. Eugene was born July 14, 1937 in Sterling the son of William and Katherine (Allen) Grim. He served in the US Army from 1957 to 1961. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 30 years. Survivors include his children, Julie (Dave) Floray of Dixon,...
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Joel L. Gerdes

November 20, 1945 - March 11, 2015

Joel L. Gerdes, age 69 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at home. Joe was born on November 20, 1945 in Sterling, IL to Robert and Hazel (Jennings) Gerdes. He was employed for many years at Northwestern Steel and Wire. Joe married Jeanetta Skrogstad on May 2, 1970 in Sterling; she preceded him in death on November 20, 2014. Survivors include one sister, Pat (Larry) Schuchard of...
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Frank H. Maurer

May 15, 1935 - March 9, 2015

Frank H. Maurer, 79 of Rock Falls died Monday March 9, 2015 at CGH Medical Center. He was born on May 15, 1935 in Dowagiac, MI the son of Arthur and Amelia (Schultz) Maurer and he served in the US Air force during the Korean War. He married Maggie Foster on January 20, 1957 in Dowagiac, MI. Frank was employed as a checker in shipping at the former Parish Alford plant of Northwestern Steel...
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James "Bob" Zigler

June 23, 1926 - March 6, 2015

James "Bob" R. Zigler, 88 of Hooppole died Friday, March 6, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Bob was born June 23, 1926 in Sterling the son of Russell and Nellie (Coats) Zigler. He married Marilyn Brants on June 6, 1950. She preceded him in death April of 1998. Bob worked at the former Frantz Manufacturing in Sterling for over 45 years. Following his retirement he worked at Sterling...
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Virginia A. Wetzell

March 21, 1925 - March 5, 2015

Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Virginia A. Wetzell, of Granite City, formerly of Rock Falls, passed away on March 5, 2015 at Fountain View Manor in Granite City, Illinois. She was born March 21, 1925 to Henry and Emma Baxter Johnson in New Bedford, Illinois. She married Duane C. Wetzell on April 2, 1944 in Long Beach, CA. Together they raised four children: Joseph (Donna) Wetzell,...
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Paula J. Panice

October 21, 1956 - March 1, 2015

Paula J. Panice, 58, of Sterling, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at her home. She was born Oct. 21, 1956, in Sterling, the daughter of Norman Chauncey and Claribel Ruth (Schutt) Knowles. She married Richard V. Panice on May 19, 2013. Paula was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. Paula lived her life for others, and her favorite saying was "Only a life lived for others is a life...
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Donald F. Blair

March 30, 1932 - March 1, 2015

STERLING – Donald F. Blair, age 82, died Sunday March 1, 2015 at Morrison Community Hospital. Don was born on March 30, 1932 in Chicago the son of Fred and Susan (Mack) Blair. He married Carole Miller on June 4, 1960 in Maywood. Don was employed in Customer Relations with Northern Illinois Gas Company for 37 years retiring in 1988. He served his country in the Marine Corp. during the...
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Roland F. Stewart

December 6, 1932 - March 1, 2015

Roland F. Stewart Roland F. Stewart, 82, of Milledgeville, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015 at his home. He was born on December 6, 1932 the son of Asa and Ivy (Given) Stewart, the youngest of five children. He married Wilma Loechel on May 17, 1953 in Coleta. They were high school sweethearts and loved each other as much or more after almost 62 years of marriage. Rollie and Wilma...
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Robert A. Brockman

December 6, 1923 - February 27, 2015

ROCK FALLS – Robert A. Brockman, 91 of Rock Falls died Friday February 27, 2015 at CGH Medical Center, in Sterling. He was born on December 6, 1923 in Clinton, IA the son of Henry and Emma (Hoffman) Brockman and was a veteran of WW II having served in the US Army. He married Audrey Cook on July 31, 1949 at the former 2nd Avenue Lutheran Church in Sterling. Bob was one of the original co...
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Kambri Folkers

December 17, 2014 - February 25, 2015

STERLING - Kambri Lynn Folkers, 2 months of Sterling, died Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at CGH Medical Center. Kambri was born on December 17, 2014 in Sterling the daughter of Addison Folkers and Ashley Heffelfinger. She is survived by her parents of Sterling; maternal grandparents, Ted (Lynn) Heffelfinger of Sterling; paternal grandparents, Bradley (Dianna) Folkers of Sterling; maternal...
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Ray Calloway

December 26, 1944 - February 24, 2015

Ray Calloway, age 70 of Sterling died Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ray was born December 26, 1944 in Blackton, AR, the son of Joe and Juanita Calloway. He served in the US Navy. Ray worked as a recorder at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 31 years. Survivors include one daughter Michelle (Duain) Altepeter of Rochelle, one son Donald (Nancy)...
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Miriam A. Schultz

July 16, 1929 - February 24, 2015

Miriam A. Schultz, age 85, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Alden Debes Nursing Home in Rockford. Miriam was born July 16, 1929 in Chicago the daughter of Leslie and Ruby (Brewer) Brown. She married Raymond C. Schultz on April 23, 1966 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on January 12, 2006. She owned and operated Jean Ann's Hobbies and Gifts in Rock Falls where she...
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Maxine L. Howard

March 10, 1913 - February 23, 2015

Maxine L. Howard, age 101, of Sterling passed away peacefully with her family by her side Monday, February 23, 2015 at Heritage Woods in Sterling. Maxine was born March 10th, 1913 in Marquand, MO, the daughter of Edmond and Grace (Keel) Garner. She attended Dixon Schools while she became a family helper with the Hope Coss family that took her in. Maxine worked at the shoe factory in Dixon....
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Barbara Ann Doty

December 31, 1937 - February 21, 2015

FULTON, IL – Barbara Ann Doty, 77 of Fulton died Saturday February 21, 2015 at Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton. She was born on December 31, 1937 in Amboy, Illinois the daughter of William Frank and Beatrice Anne (Kaminky) Full. She married Thomas P. Doty on January 2, 1965 in Dixon, IL. Barbara was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fulton and was very committed to her...
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Coco Franco

January 18, 1932 - February 20, 2015

Socorra "Coco" Franco, 83, of Sterling, died Friday, February 20, 2015 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Born January 18, 1932 in Sterling she was a daughter of Peter and Delores (Pizarro) Mendez. She married Manuel Franco on July 17, 1954 in Sterling. He died February 17, 2006. Coco was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and was a Pink Lady at CGH for many years. She was adored by her...
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Keven G. Dean

June 25, 1954 - February 19, 2015

Keven Glenn Dean, age 60 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, February 19, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Keven was born on June 25, 1954 in Sterling. He was the son of James Dean and Sam and Donna (Glenn) Crady. He was a US Army Veteran. Keven married Janet Helfrich on May 4, 1991 in Rock Falls. He enjoyed cooking, baking and woodworking. Keven was an avid NASCAR fan and was the past...
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Alice J. Bushaw

January 14, 1954 - February 19, 2015

Alice J. Bushaw, age 61, of Rock Falls died Thursday, February 19, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Alice was born January 14, 1954 in Sterling the daughter of Donald P. and Irene D. (Newark) Bushaw. She married Armando Moya, he preceded her in death in 1991. Alice worked as a bartender and waitress at Bennigan's Restaurant in Rock Falls, and Canal House in Rock Falls. She enjoyed...
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Toney Searing

June 26, 1923 - February 18, 2015

ROCK FALLS – Toney E. Searing, 91 of Rock Falls died Wednesday February 18, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on June 26, 1923 near Huron, SD the son of Emil and Rebecca (Kleinsasser) Searing and was a veteran having serving in the US Army during World War II. After serving in the military, Toney farmed in South Dakota for a few years then moving his family to the Sterling...
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Gerald Ray Barsema

May 14, 1950 - February 18, 2015

Gerald Ray Barsema, age 64 of Fulton, died Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at his home. Gerald was born on May 14, 1950 in Clinton, the son of Zepe and Charlotte Bell (Remrey) Barsema. On October 25, 1969, he married Phyllis Oberheim in Fulton. Gerald worked as a supervisor at Schafer's Fisheries for many years. He also owned and operated Barsema's Fireworks in Thomson and Barsema's Pumpkins in...
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Marlies L. Anglese

December 12, 1940 - February 17, 2015

Marlies L. Anglese, age 74, of Albany, IL, died on Feb. 17, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA. Visitation (no viewing) will be at the Albany Methodist Church on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Another visitation will be held at the church on Friday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. followed by a memorial service led by Pastor Nancy Weingartner starting at 11:30 a.m. Private...
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Mary C. Estrada

July 2, 1938 - February 17, 2015

Mary C. Estrada, 76, of Sterling, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Born July 2, 1938 in Sterling she was a daughter of Alex and Antonia C. (Gonzales) Regalado. She married Jessie Estrada and he preceded her in death. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Mary enjoyed visiting with friends in the green room. Surviving is a daughter...
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Imogene A. Farrar

June 6, 1935 - February 14, 2015

Imogene Farrar, age 79 of Sterling, died Saturday, February 14, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Imogene was born on June 6, 1935 in Wichita, Kansas to James and Leta Brooks. She married Rolland L. Farrar, Sr. on October 25, 1956 in Wichita, KS; he preceded her in death on December 13, 1992. She worked as a cashier at Union 76 Truck Stop for many years. Survivors include two...
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Donald "Jerry" Herrmann

September 20, 1947 - February 14, 2015

Donald G. "Jerry" Herrmann, age 67 of Dixon, died Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Dixon Heath Care and Rehab. Jerry was born on September 20, 1947 in Monroe, MI; the son of Donald and Phyllis (Boyd) Herrmann. He graduated from Huron High School in 1965 and graduated college with a Bachelor's Degree in Arts, at Eastern Michigan University. He was employed for 25 years with Delta Airlines as a...
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Alvin E. Geesey

November 16, 1933 - February 11, 2015

Al E. Geesey, age 81, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Morrison Community Hospital. Al was born November 16, 1933 in Sterling the son of Clair and Mildred (Nelson) Geesey. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. He married Victoria Manzo on May 22, 1982 in Sterling and was self-employed as a carpenter. Survivors include his wife of Rock Falls; one daughter,...
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Katherine M. Cox

December 6, 1925 - February 10, 2015

Katherine Marie Cox, age 89 of Fulton, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the University Hospital in Iowa City. Katherine was born on December 6, 1925 in Jerseyville, IL to Robert and Florence (Clain) Suttler. She married Thomas Cox on January 27, 1942; he preceded her in death on March 16, 2010. Katherine enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, traveling and most of all spending time with her...
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Vernon H. Schnitzmeyer

August 9, 1918 - February 8, 2015

Vernon H. Schnitzmeyer, age 96, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, February 8, 2015 at his daughter's home in Orlando, Fla. Vernon was born August 9, 1918 in Hoffman the son of Mabel Schnitzmeyer. He served in the US Army during WWII, became a POW and earned a Purple Heart. He married Bernice Woker on November 15, 1939. She preceded him in death on May 17, 1964. He married Lucille (Schoemaker)...
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Joe Khouangsavanh

March 1, 1946 - February 8, 2015

Joe Khouangsavanh, age 68 of Milledgeville died Sunday, February 08, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Joe was born March 1, 1946 in Laos, the son of Khouang and Boung Khouangsavanh. He married Chan Phouthavong in 1977 in Laos. Joe worked for 10 years at Raynor Garage Door and retired in 2012. He was a member of the Wai Lao Buddhram Temple in Hampshire, IL. Joe served in the Laos...
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Rita M. Marine

June 18, 1926 - February 7, 2015

Rita M. Marine, formerly of Rock Falls, age 88, died Saturday February 7, 2015 at the Polo Rehab & Healthcare, Polo, IL. Rita was born on June 18, 1926 in Amboy the daughter of Ray V. and Nellie (Lenihan) Ross. She married V. William Marine on July 5, 1952 in Chicago. He died July 26, 1997. Rita was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, Rock Falls. She was active with the...
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Ernest Deetz, Jr.

November 24, 1928 - February 6, 2015

Ernest Amil Henry"Ernie" Deetz, Jr. 86, of Sterling, Illinois, passed away Friday, February 6th, at the McCreedy Home in Washington, IA, surrounded by his family. He is survived by 5 children Dorothy Schnieder of Moline, IL, Ruth Bricker of Manteca, CA, Steve Deetz of Anchorage, AK, Cheryl Greiner of Riverside, IA, Michele Hollar of Rotunda, FL, 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, his...
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Blenda Williams

August 4, 1950 - February 6, 2015

Blenda Willliams, 64, of Dixon, went to be with her Lord on Friday, February 6, 2015 at her home following a short struggle with Leukemia. Born August 4, 1950 in Dixon, she was a daughter of Robert L. and Anna M. (Allen) Millhouse. She married Barry Williams on September 8, 1979 in Sterling. They resided in Nelson since 1997. Blenda attended Sauk Valley Community College and was a...
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Linda M. Taylor

June 23, 1943 - February 5, 2015

Linda Mae Taylor, 71, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, February 5, 2015 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Born June 23, 1943 in Rock Falls she was a daughter of Lawrence and Abigail (Wright) Taylor. She worked for Good Year in Rock Falls, was self-employed and worked for YRC in Rockford until retiring in 2012. She enjoyed her flower gardens and her pets. Linda is survived by her three...
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Marjorie Helen Scott

September 1, 1921 - February 4, 2015

Marjorie H. Scott, 93, of Prophetstown, died Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Prophets Good Samaritan Home, Prophetstown. Born September 1, 1921 in New Bedford, she was a daughter of Trank and Bina (Jensen) Pierce. She married Carl William Scott on December 2, 1939. He preceded her in death. She and her husband farmed in the area for 40 years until retirement in 1982. She was a faithful...
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James A. "Jim" Blue

January 5, 1957 - February 2, 2015

James "Jim" A. Blue, Sr. age 58 of Amboy died Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Jim was born January 5, 1957 in De Kalb, formally of Waterman, IL the son of James Vernell "Doc" and Delores (Hamilton) Blue. He married Paula Janssen on February 21, 1997 in Dixon. Jim worked at Crest Foods in Ashton for 13 years as an order filler. Survivors include his wife Paula of Amboy,...
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Grace A. Felsleitner

February 2, 1951 - February 2, 2015

Grace A. Felsleitner, age 64, of Sterling, died Monday, February 2, 2015 at Sauk Valley Senior Living in Rock Falls. Grace was born February 2, 1951 in Sterling the daughter of Charlie and Edna (Yocum) Charleston. She married James Felsleitner on July 10, 1995 in Sterling and was employed at Self Help Enterprises in Sterling as an assembler for 25 years. Survivors include her husband of...
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Gerald Keith Russell, Jr.

June 21, 1965 - January 31, 2015

Gerald Keith Russell, Jr., age 49 of Rock Falls, died Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport. Gerald was born on June 21, 1965 in Sterling; the son of Gerald Keith and Karen (Matthews) Russell, Sr. Survivors include his mother of Rock Falls; wife, Keri of IL; three daughters, Kary-Ann Kyger, Kia Russell-Graham and Karinna Russell all of Arkansas; four sons,...
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William A. Collins

September 22, 1941 - January 30, 2015

William Albert Collins, age 73 of Milledgeville, died Friday, January 30, 2015 at home after a brief battle with cancer. Bill was born on September 22, 1941 in New York Mills, Minnesota; the son of Albert William and Ada Ethel (Niemela) Collins. He graduated from New York Mills High School in 1959. Bill was a structural steel Ironworker for over 50 years and was a member of Local 498,...
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Phyllis E Lofgren

February 16, 1923 - January 28, 2015

Phyllis Eileen Lofgren, age 91 of Prophetstown, died Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Phyllis was born on February 16, 1923 in Loraine Township (Henry County), Illinois; the daughter of Forrest and Esther (Sippel) Heller. She married Fred H. Lofgren in Loraine Township on September, 4, 1942; he preceded her in death in November of 1977. Phyllis was...
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Arthur "Art" Johnson

July 6, 1953 - January 27, 2015

Arthur "Art" L. Johnson, age 61, of Milledgeville, died Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Art was born July 6, 1953 in Sterling the son of Alvin and Frances (Bauer) Johnson. He married Diana Gregory on November 27, 1976 in Milledgeville. He was employed by Sterling Steel for 43 years most recently working as the electrical supervisor. Survivors include his wife of Milledgeville; two sons, Cory ...
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Jean L. Gipson

July 28, 1926 - January 25, 2015

Jean L. Gipson, 88, of Rock Falls, died on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Jean Lesemann Welker was born on July 28, 1926, in Rock Falls to Daniel Lesemann and Catharine Marie (Wulf) Welker. She married Floyd J. Gipson in Morrison on September 19, 1947. They lived their entire married life on 10th Avenue in Rock Falls. Floyd preceded her in death on June 6,...
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James E. Rosenow

December 30, 1942 - January 25, 2015

ROCK FALLS – James E. Rosenow, age 72, died Sunday January 25, 2015 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. Jim was born on December 30, 1942 in Sterling the son of Vivian Henry and Thelma (Forward) Rosenow. He married Jane Propheter on August 15, 1959 in Rock Falls. Jim was employed as the Maintenance Supervisor with Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Survivors include his...
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Ardis M. Mangler

October 10, 1914 - January 25, 2015

Ardis Mangler, age 100, of Sterling, died Sunday, January 25, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ardis was born October 10, 1914 in Bellevue, Iowa the daughter of Ambrose and Julia (Grice) Meeker. She graduated from Clinton, Iowa schools and later married Clarence A. Mangler on September 16, 1933 in Clinton. He preceded her in death on November 9, 1978. Ardis was employed at CGH...
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Shirley M. Blumhoff

February 2, 1927 - January 25, 2015

Shirley M. Blumhoff, age 87, of Lyndon died Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, IA. Shirley was born February 2, 1927 in Prophetstown the daughter of Lyell and Belva (Arnett) Fisk. She worked at General Electric in Morrison for many years. Shirley married James Blumhoff on January 21, 1948 in Morrison. He preceded her in death in July 26, 2003. She was a member of...
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Carlos F. Campos

July 10, 1937 - January 21, 2015

Carlos Felipe Campos, 77, of Sterling, died Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Born July 10, 1937 in Pachuca Hidalgo, Mexico he was the son of Alfonso and Emma Campos. He was united in marriage to Arcelia "Sally" Mendez in 1978 in Sterling. Carlos was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling, enjoyed listening to music, playing cards and adored his grandchildren. He worked at...
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Robert "Bob" K. Meier

August 11, 1924 - January 20, 2015

Robert "Bob" K. Meier, age 90 of Prophetstown died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Morrison Community Hospital in Morrison. Bob was born August 11, 1924 in Prophetstown the son of August and Elsie (Taber) Meier. He married Idella Mae Bolt on September 10, 1944 in Prophetstown. Bob enlisted in the US Army in 1945, he honorably served his country as a member of the Occupational Forces on the...
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Thomas Dickey

April 1, 1943 - January 19, 2015

ROCK FALLS – Thomas Dickey, age 71, died Monday January 19, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa. Thomas was born on April 1, 1943 in Rock Falls the son of Clarence and Juanita (Crump) Dickey. He married Rebecca Geiger on October 18, 1975 in Rock Falls. Thomas was employed as a Press Operator with the IFH group in Rock Falls for 23 years retiring in 2004. He was an avid...
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Cathy Lynn Warren

July 12, 1965 - January 18, 2015

STERLING- Cathy Lynn Warren, age 49, died January 18, 2015 at St Anthony Medical Center, Rockford. Cathy was born on July 12, 1965 in Sterling the daughter of Ray Edward and Lydia Polzin (Bonnell) Claxton. She married Marv Warren on August 23, 1985 in Sterling. Cathy was employed with National Manufacturing in Sterling for 16 years and was a member of St Johns Lutheran Church, Sterling...
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Connie M. Williams

July 8, 1943 - January 17, 2015

Connie Maree Williams, age 71, of Chadwick, died Saturday, January 17, 2015 following a long illness at Sauk Valley Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center in Rock Falls. Connie was born July 8, 1943 in Amboy the daughter of Jesse Fay and Olive (Stone) Rapp. She married Kenneth Williams on July 4, 1965 at the Milledgeville Brethren Church where Connie was a member. Connie was a long time...
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Gladys A. Plata

August 31, 1932 - January 16, 2015

Gladys A. Plata, age 82 of Dixon, passed away on January 16, 2015 at home. Gladys was born on August 31, 1932 in Aguada, Puerto Rico; the daughter of Juan and Juanita (Martinez) Arroyo. She married Ysidro Plata on December 24, 1951 in Sterling; he preceded her in death on October 13, 2000. Survivors include two daughters, Juanita Cropsey of Freeport and Gladys Leal of Dixon; three brothers...
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Brent William Zaagman

January 9, 1984 - January 15, 2015

Brent W. Zaagman, 31 of rural Sterling died Thursday January 15, 2015. He was born on January 9, 1984 in Morrison, the son of Bruce and Lisa (Ottens) Zaagman and was a graduate of Prophetstown High School. Brent was a self employed as a crop sprayer as well as farming on his own and with his dad. He was a member of the Whiteside Co Snowbirds snowmobilers and a past 4H camp counselor. He...
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Janie L. Johnson

October 9, 1950 - January 15, 2015

Janie L. Johnson, age 64 of Rock Falls died Thursday, January 15, 2015 at her home. Janie was born October 9, 1950 in Dixon the daughter of William and Dana (Hall) Elder. She married Roger Johnson on October 12, 1968 in Rock Falls. Janie worked at an E911 Tele communicator at the Rock Falls Police Department for 16 years. She was member of the Amazing Grace Church in Sterling. Janie...
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Randall J. Ellis

March 18, 1956 - January 12, 2015

Randall J. Ellis, age 58, of Sterling, died Monday, January 12, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Randall was born March 18, 1956 in Sterling the son of Joseph and Shirley (Asbury) Ellis. He was employed as a machinist. Randall enjoyed playing his guitar, fishing and spending time with his friends. Survivors include two daughters, Samantha Ellis-Lopez of Louisville, Ky. and Bianca...
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Jane M. Gillum

December 26, 1930 - January 11, 2015

Jane M. Gillum, 84, of Sterling, formerly of Streator, died Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Sterling Pavilion. Born December 26, 1930 in Canton, OH she was a daughter of Augustus Willison and Alice (Marchand) Stowe. Jane served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict as a Navy Wave. She was a loving homemaker, worked in several stores, Westclox, and was co-owner of an A&W Drive-In. ...
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Leanne S. Slager

January 21, 1951 - January 11, 2015

Leanne S. Slager Leanne S. Slager, age 63, of Polo, died Sunday, January 11, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Leanne was born January 21, 1951 in Sterling the daughter of Allan and Wanda (Bushman) Engelkens. She married Alan Slager on December 1, 1972 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on March 26, 2006. She was a photographer in the Polo area for many years. Survivors include...
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Donna Joan Smith

August 27, 1947 - January 11, 2015

Donna Joan Smith, 67, of Morrison, died Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Pleasant View Nursing and Rehab Center in Morrison. Born August 27, 1947 in Sterling, she was a daughter of Donald and Harriet Joyce (Garland) Reynolds. She was united in marriage to Donald E. Smith on July 15, 1989 in Morrison. Surviving are her husband, Donald, of Morrison; 2 daughters, Julie (Brad) Freas-Sisson of...
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Robert E. Hill

January 28, 1926 - January 10, 2015

Robert E. "Bob" Hill, 88, of Prophetstown, died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford. Born January 28, 1926 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin he was a son of Ebenezer and Matilda (Freier) Hill. He was united in marriage to his life long sweetheart, Marjorie Shaw on December 31, 1948 in West Chicago, Illinois. They recently celebrated 66 years of marriage together. ...
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Johnnie Marlene Hartje

March 24, 1935 - January 9, 2015

Johnnie Marlene (Dorty) Hartje, 79, of Moline, IL, formally of Dixon, died Friday, January 9, 2015 at her seasonal home in Wildwood, FL. She was born March 24, 1935 in Andalusia, Alabama to Frank and Johnnie (Wilford) Dorty. She married Ronald K. Hartje on April 10, 1953. Marlene began her teaching career in St. Petersburg, FL. She then taught in the Dixon Public Schools system at Washington...
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John Cowley

December 23, 1938 - January 6, 2015

John Cowley, 76, of Morrison, died Tuesday evening, January 6, 2015 at his home. Born December 23, 1938 in Sterling, he was a son of Robert Francis and Mary (Forth) Cowley. John served in the US Army and was a member of the Sterling American Legion Post 296, and was an avid camper and bowler. John was well respected and loved at Timber Lake Camp Ground. He enjoyed following the Chicago...
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Shirley A. Schmitt

February 15, 1937 - January 4, 2015

STERLING – Shirley A. Schmitt of Sterling died Sunday January 4, 2015 at her home following an extended illness. She was born on February 15, 1937 in Omaha, IL, the daughter of William Voyle and Veda (Smith) Major. She attended Dixon Schools and was a graduate of the former Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital School of Nursing. She married James E. Schmitt on November 4, 1967 in Dixon. Shirley had...
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John R. Steien

August 2, 1941 - January 3, 2015

John R. Steien, 73, of Morrison, IL , died Saturday, January 3, 2015, in Loyola Medical Center, Maywood, IL. John was born August 2, 1941, in Tampico, IL; the son of Rolf G. and Leverna E. (Adams) Steien. He married Carolyn J. Scott, January 5, 1962, in Chicago Heights, IL. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1959 to 1965. He was employed by International Harvester, Chicago, IL, for a...
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Alice Ann Ruth

July 2, 1947 - January 3, 2015

Alice A. Ruth, 67 of Sterling died Saturday January 3, 2015 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. She was born on July 2, 1947 in Jonesboro, AR the daughter of Robert and Velma (Johnson) Hunter. She was employed in housekeeping for 18 years at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Surviving is her son, Dean Ruth (Susan Flanagan) of Poplar Grove, IL; her sisters: Wanda Holcomb of Sterling...
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Marie A. Thurber

March 25, 1933 - January 2, 2015

Marie A. Thurber, 81 of Sterling died Friday January 2, 2015 at the home of her daughter in Bartlett, IL. She was born on March 25, 1933 in Scranton, PA the daughter of Edward and Helen (Guntack) Mura. She married Robert Thurber on June 10, 1961 in Los Angeles, CA. He died July 1, 2014. Marie was a Registered Nurse and had worked for 20 years at Sterling Pavilion in Sterling before her...
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Jim Skinner

January 26, 1949 - January 2, 2015

Jim Skinner Jim Skinner, age 65, of Milledgeville, passed away peacefully after a short illness on Friday, January 2, 2015 at his home. Jim was born January 26, 1949 in Sterling the son of Maurice and Wave (Quest) Skinner. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War as a medic. Jim married Sandra Ewers on November 27, 1976 in Polo. He was employed as District Manager of Aramark Uniform...
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Evelyn E. Reneau

December 8, 1921 - January 1, 2015

Evelyn E. Reneau, age 93 of Rock Falls died Thursday, January 1, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Evelyn was born December 8, 1921 in Havana, IL the daughter of Charles and Etta Walters. She married John Reneau on April 13, 1946 in Peoria. He died on August 16, 2001. Evelyn worked as an inspector for General Electric in Morrison for more than 30 years. Survivors include one son...
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Gerald Gerry Wiersmea

April 15, 1938 - January 1, 2015

Gerald E. Wiersema, 76, of Fulton, IL, died Thursday, January 1, 2015, at Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton, IL. Gerald (Gerry) was born April 15, 1938, in Fulton, IL, the son of Harvey L. and Christine L. (Houzenga). He married Irene J. Voss on August 21, 1959, in Fulton, IL. She preceded him in death on July 26, 1984. He later married Barbara G. Beattie on June 28, 1985, in Fulton, IL. ...
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Ryan Steven Schafer

January 24, 1971 - December 31, 2014

Ryan Steven Schafer, 43, of Edmond, Oklahoma, formerly of Sterling, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. On Dec. 31, a loving son, cherished brother, and devoted husband and father was taken into the loving arms of the Lord. With all burdens removed from your shoulders, you can soar to the heavens, fly with the birds, catch a snowflake with the palm of your hand, and sing with the angels. As...
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Gary D. Greenwood

June 19, 1955 - December 29, 2014

Gary D. Greenwood, age 59 of Rock Falls, died Monday, December 29, 2014 at home. Gary was born on June 19, 1955 in Princeton, IL to Dale and Betty (Mercer) Greenwood. He served in the United States Navy during the War in Vietnam. Gary married Lonnie Lench on September 28, 1999 in Bureau County. He was employed for many years by St. Mary's Cement in Dixon. Gary was a member of the Sterling...
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Annie F. Lindquist

August 10, 1917 - December 28, 2014

Annie F. Lindquist, 97, of Franklin Grove, formerly of Sterling, died Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Franklin Grove Living Center. Born August 10, 1917 in White Cloud, Michigan she was the daughter of John L. and Anna (Peters) Fritz. She married Lester R. Lindquist on December 31, 1945 in Rockford. He preceded her in death on September 5, 1988. Annie enjoyed sewing, collecting dolls, making...
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Bonifacio Castillo

May 14, 1923 - December 27, 2014

Bonifacio Castillo, age 91of Coleta died Saturday, December 27, 2014 in Coleta. Bonifacio was born August 14, 1923 in Alamo, TX the son of Juan and Demetria (Loera) Castillo. He married Rosa Maria Garcia on August 15, 1982 in Edinburg, TX. Bonifacio worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 28 years. He served in the US Army. Survivors are his wife Rosa Maria Castillo. He was preceded...
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Gerald E. Mohr

December 9, 1939 - December 25, 2014

Gerald E. Mohr, 75, of Sterling, formerly of Sublette, died Thursday, December 25, 2014 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Born December 9, 1939 in Davenport, IA he was the son of Edwin and Josephine (Zinger) Mohr. He was united in marriage to Carol Musal on June 25, 1960 in Bettendorf, IA. Gerald was employed with the Broaster Company, Beloit, for 30 years, retiring in 2005 as company...
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Charles Roger Martin

May 15, 1949 - December 25, 2014

Charles Roger Martin "Bubba", age 65 of Sterling, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014 at the University of Chicago Medical Center after a long battle with Leukemia. He was born May 15, 1949 in Dixon, the son of Ebbie and JoAnne (Turner) Martin. He served in the United States Army as 1st Calvary Sergeant during the Vietnam War from 1968-1972. He married Diane L. Mager February 18, 1983. He...
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Ethan M. Waters

January 28, 1991 - December 24, 2014

Ethan M. Waters, 23, of Rock Falls passed away on Wednesday December 24, 2014, at his home in the loving arms of his family. He was born on January 28, 1991 in Sterling. Ethan was a graduate of Rock Falls High School and attended Sauk Valley Community College. He was employed at Good Will Industries Retail Store in Sterling. Ethan was an excellent musician and thespian. He enjoyed spending...
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Wayne C. Dirks

April 14, 1939 - December 23, 2014

Wayne C. Dirks, 75 of Rock Falls died Tuesday December 23, 2014 at Prophets River View Good Samaritan Center. He was born on April 14, 1939 in Sterling, the son of LeRoy G. and Viola (Folkers) Dirks and was a 1957 graduate of Sterling High School. He married Viva Grimes on August 5, 1961 in Sterling, Wayne was in the US Army from 1961 – 1964 having served in Missouri, Michigan, Okinawa,...
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Jean G. Zook

March 1, 1955 - December 22, 2014

ROCK FALLS – Jean G. Zook, 59 of Rock Falls died Monday December 22, 2014 at her home. She was born on March 1, 1955 in Sterling, the daughter of Albert Paul and Jane Victory (Innes) Hoffmiller. She was a graduate of St Andrew Grade School and Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling. She married George Zook on February 10, 1979 in Rock Falls. Jean had worked at her families business,...
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Barbara J. Murphy

August 13, 1934 - December 21, 2014

Barbara J. Murphy, age 80 of Sterling died Sunday, December 21, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Barbara was born August 13, 1934 in Omaha, NE the daughter of Edward and Donna (Crinklaw) Sohler. She attended Mercy High School in Omaha where she was a member of Sodality and was the Vice-prefect. Barbara also was a member of the Triple Trio Group in high school. She was selected "Teen...
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Harold "Bud" Null, Jr.

September 7, 1955 - December 21, 2014

Harold "Bud" Null, Jr., age 59 of Sterling, died Sunday, December 21, 2014 at home. Harold was born on September 7, 1955 in Sterling to Harold and Evelyn (Hammelman) Null. He married Judy Kurfiss on November 15, 1975 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sterling. Harold had farmed with his father and then went to work at Rochelle Foods for 16 years and for the past 14 years he had worked at DANA. ...
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Merle Margaret Bushman Lucas

September 17, 1918 - December 19, 2014

Merle Bushman Lucas, 96 formerly of Rock Falls passed away Friday December 19, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Merle was born on September 17, 1918 in Forreston, IL the daughter of Russell and Grace (Hamilton) Timmer and was a 1936 graduate of Forreston High School. She married Ralph H. Bushman on September 7, 1936. He died on March 16, 1961. She later married Frank F. Lucas on July 14...
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Margie Joan Gilmore

June 10, 1926 - December 18, 2014

Margie Joan Gilmore, 88 of Sterling died Thursday December 18, 2014 in her home. She was born on June 10, 1926 in Sterling, the daughter of Noel Lancelot and Margaret Bernice (Rogers) Oberg. She married Paul Eugene Gilmore on June 30, 1948 in Sterling. He died April 6, 2000. Margie worked for many years for the City of Sterling as a crossing guard. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church....
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Leonard West Thweatt

August 19, 1942 - December 18, 2014

Leonard West Thweatt, age 72 of Morrison departed this life Thursday, December 18, 2014. Leonard was born August 19, 1942 to Jesse Hobart and Jimmie (West) Thweatt who were tobacco farmers in the mountains of beautiful Smithville, TN. The fourth of seven children, he attended a one room school house as a boy, before moving to Memphis, TN. Enlisting in the US Army in 1961, he enjoyed being...
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Joyce M Dickinson

August 31, 1925 - December 18, 2014

Joyce M. Dickinson, 89, of Morrison, IL, died Thursday, December 18, 2014, at the Serenity Home & Hospice, Oregon, IL. Joyce was born August 31, 1925, in Prophetstown, IL, the daughter of Arthur V. and Mae L. (Larson) Skarin. She grew up in Prophetstown, IL, and graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1943. She married Clyde Chamberlain on October 23, 1943, in Prophetstown, IL. Her...
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Ronald M. Wolber

November 14, 1942 - December 17, 2014

Ronald M. Wolber Ronald M. Wolber, age 72, of Sterling, died Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at his home. Ronald was born November 14, 1942 in Birmingham, Ala. the son of Kenneth and Jean (McCurdy) Wolber. He served in the US Air Force specializing in military intelligence. Ronald was an avid sports fan all his life. Early in his career, he worked for the AP covering all White Sox and Cubs...
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Marilyn Anne Mitchell

August 11, 1944 - December 16, 2014

Marilyn Anne Mitchell, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away December 16, 2014 in The Villages, FL. She was born on August 11, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Wythe and Florence (Lauff) Hedrick. Married to Ron Mitchell for 20 years, she is survived by Ron; her sister, Allison Lendman; two daughters, Stephanie Hermes, and Sara (Matt) Karlson; four step-children;...
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Walter "Bud" Stigall

December 30, 1918 - December 16, 2014

Walter B. "Bud" Stigall, 95 of Rock Falls died Tuesday December 16, 2014 at his home. He was born on December 30, 1918 in Rock Falls, the son of Bert Roscoe and Henrietta Christina (Jensen) Stigall. He served in the Army Reserve and then enlisted in the US Navy during World War II. He married Darla J. (Fritz) Fullmer on August 11, 1961 in Mount Carroll, IL. He was a business owner, a...
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Ernest L. Browne, Sr.

May 4, 1934 - December 15, 2014

Ernest L. Browne, age 80 of Rock Falls, died Monday, December 15, 2014 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport. Ernest was born on May 4, 1934 in Chicago to George and Nellie (Kamman) Browne. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Ernest married Rosemary Brody on December 4, 1973 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling; she preceded him in death on September 25, 2013. He...
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Sharon L. Anderson

March 30, 1945 - December 10, 2014

MILLEDGEVILLE – Sharon L. Anderson, age 69, died Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Sharon was born on March 30, 1945 in Kalamazoo, Mich. the daughter of Willis "Bill" and Margaret "Peg" (Norman) Taber. She married Jerry Anderson on October 15, 1976 in Galena. Sharon was employed as the Personnel Manager with JCPenney department store in Sterling for over 20 years...
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Laura J. Ramsey

January 7, 1936 - December 9, 2014

Laura J. Ramsey, 78, of Shabbona, IL, formerly of DeKalb and Rochelle, IL, died Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the Prairie Crossing Living & Rehab Center, Shabbona, IL. Lawra was born January 7, 1936, in Russellville, KY, the daughter of Timmy and Ina Lee (Morgan) Rains. She married James Ramsey. He preceded her in death in 1966. She is survived by 2 daughters, Jenny Warner of Merseds, CA,...
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Raymond J. Kulas

October 13, 1921 - December 6, 2014

Raymond J. Kulas, 93, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2014, at home, in the care of Hospice Compassus. He was born on October, 13, 1921, Stephen, MN., to Frances (Longowski) & Bazil Kulas. Ray was a veteran of the CCC's and WWII, having served with the "Tough Hombres," assigned to the Recon & Survey Section of the 345th Field Artillery Bn. HQ., 90th Infantry Division . After the war tour,...
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Julio Garcia, Sr.

November 3, 1942 - December 4, 2014

Julio Garcia, Sr., age 72 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, December 04, 2014 at home. Julio was born on November 3, 1942 in Yellowstone County, Montana to Santiago and Amalia (Campos) Garcia. He worked for many years at Northwestern Steele and Wire in Sterling. Survivors include three daughters, Charity Guzman of Sterling; Julie (Timothy) Denning of Rock Falls and Janet (Dennis) McClearin of...
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Logan Michael Crow

July 6, 1994 - December 2, 2014

Logan Michael Crow, 20 years old, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at his home in Sterling. Born July 6th, 1994 in Dixon, IL, he grew up in Rock Falls and attended Rock Falls High School. He was employed by Jakobs's Brothers Farms. Logan was a funny, kind, fiercely loyal friend with the biggest heart. He loved being outdoors, hiking, fishing, music, his dog Samson, and being with his...
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