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Kay F. Fellows

August 10, 1941 - February 3, 2016

Kay Frances Fellows Kay Frances Fellows, age 74, of Erie, formerly of Prophetstown, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown. Kay was born August 10, 1941 in Prophetstown at home the daughter of Earle and Ella (Reilly) Fellows. She attended and graduated from Prophetstown schools. Kay was employed at Micro Gear in Prophetstown and Hill and...
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James W. Thompson

May 18, 1935 - February 3, 2016

James W. Thompson, age 80 formally of Rock Falls died Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Aperion Care Center in Toluca, IL. James was born May 18, 1935 in Fulton the son of James and Florence (Sanders) Thompson. He was a past member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Sterling. Survivors include one sister Lucille Russell of Rock Falls and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in...
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Salvador W. Garcia

December 6, 1925 - February 3, 2016

Mr. Salvador W. Garcia, 90, of Sterling, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at his home. Born December 6, 1925 in Dixon, he was a son of Joseph and Barbara (Steanz) Garcia. He was united in marriage to Delores M. Seidel on March 25, 1948 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on January 12, 2005. Mr. Garcia was a US Army Veteran Private 1st Class and served proudly in Europe as a tank...
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Carl H. Latchford

August 20, 1950 - February 3, 2016

Carl H. Latchford, age 65, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at his home. Carl was born August 20, 1950 in Sterling the son of Carl and Joyce (McDaniel) Latchford. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1968 and also graduated from Sauk Valley College. Carl married Anne L. Meyer on April 10, 1976 in Ottawa. He was previously employed as a construction worker and later...
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Terry J. Pilgrim

November 27, 1952 - January 28, 2016

Terry Joe Pilgrim, age 63 of Milledgeville, died Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Genesis Medical Center West in Davenport. Terry was born on November 27, 1952 in Sterling; the son of Robert and Ardetta (Howard) Pilgrim. He was employed by Bushman's in Milledgeville as a mechanic since 2001. Terry enjoyed all outdoor activities, such as, camping, hunting, fishing, softball and riding his...
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Roberta P. Davis

February 27, 1959 - January 26, 2016

Roberta P. Davis Roberta P. Davis, age 56, of Morrison, died Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at her home. Roberta was born February 27, 1959 in Wyandotte, MI the daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Snonowski) Cohoon. She attended Morrison High School and later married Charles Davis, Jr. She enjoyed doing arts and crafts, fishing, going to the beach and looking at light houses. Survivors include one...
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Richard "Dick" Denning

July 18, 1944 - January 25, 2016

Richard "Dick" L. Denning, age 71 of Rock Falls, died Monday, January 25, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Dick was born on July 18, 1944 in Sterling; the son of Clarence and Lela (Burger) Denning. He married Cheryl Rippy on July 1, 1977 in Dixon. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; one daughter, Rose Price of Rochelle; three sons, Curtis Rajnowski of Prophetstown, TJ (Julie) Denning...
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Ivan L. Barton

August 28, 1954 - January 25, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Ivan L. Barton, 61 of Rock Falls died Monday January 25, 2016 at his home. He was born on August 28, 1954 in Princeton, IL the son of Ivie O'dell and Dorla (Albright) Barton and had been a 1972 graduate of Rock Falls Township High School. Ivan was employed at the former National Manufacturing until they closed. He had been the owner of the former 1st Choice Auto Sales and had...
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Irene F. Bollman

April 28, 1921 - January 24, 2016

Irene F. Bollman Irene F. Bollman, age 94, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, January 24, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. Irene was born April 28, 1921 in Mendota the daughter of Albert and Ella (Zimmerlein) Truckenbrod. She married Philip E. Bollman on November 24, 1946 in Mendota. He preceded her in death on October 23, 2014. She was the bookkeeper for the family business, Bollman...
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Donna f. Boehm

April 6, 1930 - January 22, 2016

STERLING – Donna F. Boehm, age 85, formerly of Rock Falls died Friday, January 22, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Donna was born on April 6, 1930 in Tampico the daughter of Edward A. and Martha M. (Jacobs) Schultz. She married Ellis W. Boehm on July 22, 1955 in Rock Falls. He died on May 13, 2011. Donna was employed as a Telephone Phone Operator for eight years. Survivors...
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Mary H. Wyatt

October 30, 1925 - January 21, 2016

Mary H. Wyatt, 90, of Sterling, died Thursday, January 21, 2016 at CGH Medical Center. Born October 30, 1925 in Marshfield, Missouri she was the daughter of Andrew Jackson and Melissie (Hays) Cook. She married Jesse Eugene Wyatt on February 6, 1946 in Springfield, Missouri. He passed away November 30, 1990. Those left to honor her memory include her daughters, Darlene Leal of Rock Falls,...
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Joanna L. Owens

July 30, 1960 - January 20, 2016

Joanna L. Owens, 55, of Walnut, died Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born July 30, 1960 in Sterling, she was the daughter of Donald Kramer and Judy (Matthews) Barnes. She married Jerry Owens on December 27, 1997 in Ohio, Illinois. Joanna worked for Harper-Wyman for 22 years and later was a Nutrition Education Community Worker with the University of...
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Lois J. Schwitters

September 19, 1922 - January 19, 2016

Lois J. Schwitters, age 93 of Sterling died Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home in Sterling. Lois was born September 19, 1922 in Hale, MO the daughter of James and Eliza (Woodard) Osgood. She married William Henry Schwitters on June 15, 1946 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on August 17, 1997. She has been a member of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in...
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Clair E. Bopes

June 13, 1936 - January 19, 2016

Clair E. Bopes, 79, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion. Born June 13, 1936 in Rock Island County, he was a son of Thomas Edward and Ila Mae (Pearson) Bopes. He married Jane Fulfs. Clair was a self-employed carpenter. Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Jane, of Rock Falls; two daughters, Bonnie Bertolozzi of Rock Falls and Shelly (Paul) Spink,...
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Connie S. Van Horne

October 13, 1944 - January 17, 2016

Connie Sue Van Horne, age 71 of Sterling, died January 17, 2016 at her home surrounded by family. Connie was born on October 13, 1944 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas; the daughter of Earl and Oweeda (Cline) Manning. She married William "Bill" Van Horne on April 17, 1965 in Sterling. Connie was employed through Walmart for 28 years. She loved spending time with her family, especially her...
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M. Lorraine Bender

July 9, 1920 - January 17, 2016

ROCK FALLS – M. Lorraine Bender, 95 of Rock Falls died Sunday January 17, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. She was born on July 9, 1920 in Ute, Iowa the daughter of Arzie and Allie (Gamet) Stephenson. Lorraine was a 1937 graduate of Rock Falls Township High School. She married LeRoy Bender on December 3, 1938 in Clinton, IA. He died September 22, 1985. She had worked for the former ...
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Jean A. Blakeslee

June 2, 1956 - January 12, 2016

Jean Ann Blakeslee, age 59 of Polo, died Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Jean was born on June 2, 1956 in Moline; the daughter of William Edward and Mary Ellen (Meincke) Burris. She married Ronald Blakeslee on August 8, 1981 in Polo. Jean enjoyed fishing and playing cards. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother and loved to spend time with her family...
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Carol E. Gallagher

November 5, 1940 - January 10, 2016

Carol E. Gallagher, 75, of Rock Falls, died Sunday morning, January 10, 2016 at Sauk Valley Senior Living in Rock Falls. Born November 5, 1940 in Chicago she was a daughter of Claude and Barbara (Goetz) Johnson. She was of the Catholic faith. Those left to honor her memory include her daughter Kim Randall and her partner Derrick Carter of Sterling; her son Chris Peterson of Naperville, and...
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George N. Ziegler

September 13, 1926 - January 9, 2016

George N. Ziegler, age 89, of Fulton died Saturday, January 09, 2016, at Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton, IL. George was born September 13, 1926, in Luana, IA; the son of George H. and Clara C. (Nelson) Ziegler. He married Genevive I. Brown on in June of 1947, in Morrison. She preceded him in death by August 10, 2009. George served in the US Army during the WWII, from 1944 – 1946 in...
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Marvin B Heppletr

November 17, 1946 - January 9, 2016

STERLING – Marvin B. Heppler, 69 of Sterling died Saturday January 9, 2016. He was born on November 17, 1946 in Dixon, the son of Benedict and Evelyn (Biever) Heppler. He was a US Army veteran of the Viet Nam War having served from Aug 3, 1966 – Aug 2, 1968. He married Oralia DeLaFuente on December 30, 1966 at St Mary Church in Sterling. Marvin was employed at the former Northwestern Steel...
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Mary T. Williamson

May 1, 1916 - January 7, 2016

Mary T. Williamson, 99, of Sterling, died Thursday evening, January 7, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion. Born May 1, 1916 in Amboy, she was a daughter of Thomas and Mamie (nee Gillan) Murphy. She was united in marriage to Lloyd E. Williamson on November 23, 1939 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Mary and Lloyd owned and operated the Snack Bar in Sterling for 10 years. Mary was a member of...
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Mary L. Hanabarger

April 9, 1916 - January 6, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Mary L. Hanabarger, age 99, died January 6, 2016 at Avonlea Cottage in Dixon. Mary was born on April 9, 1916 in Sterling the daughter of Stephen H. and Ida S. (Landis) Weidel. She married Raymond Hanabarger on January 19, 1952 in Sterling. He died on February 2, 2000. Mary was employed as a Telephone Operator for 34 years with Illinois Bell retiring in 1978. She enjoyed...
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Craig G. Dewald

January 24, 1943 - January 3, 2016

Craig G. Dewald, age 72 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, January 3, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Craig was born on January 24, 1943 in Vandalia, IL; the son of Donald and Mary (Augenstein) Dewald. He married Barbara A. Wolber on February 17, 1963 in Sterling; they were happily married for 52 years. Craig was employed by National Manufacturing for 28 years and also worked at Farm and...
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Nancy L. Dittmar

February 27, 1935 - January 3, 2016

Nancy Lee (Sizemore) Dittmar Nancy L. Dittmar, age 80, of Milledgeville, died Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society in Mt. Carroll. Nancy was born February 27, 1935 in Normal the daughter of Pete and Mary Etta (Hixson) Sizemore. She attended Metcalf Elementary School and graduated from University High School and Illinois State University receiving both a BA and MS in Education. ...
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John D. Heath, Jr.

November 11, 1931 - January 1, 2016

John D. Heath, Jr. John D. Heath, Jr., age 84, of Sterling, died Friday, January 1, 2016 at his home. John was born November 11, 1931 in Chicago the son of John, Sr. and Helen (Holleson) Heath. He served in the US Navy on the USS Renville Troop Ship and later married Mary Ellen Braun on February 20, 1954 at St. Gertrude's Catholic Church in Chicago. John was a printer for Sauk Valley...
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Rickie K. Hosch

July 29, 1947 - December 31, 2015

Rickie K. Hosch, 68 of Prophetstown died Thursday December 31, 2015 at his home. He was born July 29, 1947 in Cedar Rapids, IA the son of Joseph and Dorothy (Schooly) Hosch. Rickie had retired with the rank of Major with the US Army after having served from October 13, 1966 – July 29, 2007. During which time he served 3 tours of duty in Viet Nam and was awarded the Purple Heart, 4 Bronze...
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Dorothy "Dotti" Real

November 8, 1917 - December 30, 2015

Dotti Real, age 98, died Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at CGH Medical Center. She resided in the Good Samaritan Center in Mount Carroll. Dotti was formerly of Milledgeville and later of Sterling. Dotti was born on November 8, 1917; the daughter of James and Ivy (Senneff) Cheeseman. She married Harold Real of Milledgeville, on December 31, 1942. Dotti was a farmer along with her husband for...
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Mary B. Hahn

July 2, 1926 - December 30, 2015

Mary B. Hahn Mary B. Hahn, age 89, of Morrison, died Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Mary was born July 2, 1926 in Mill Creek the daughter of Iven and Clara (Dillow) Miller. She married Leonard Hahn on June 6, 1946 in Cairo. He preceded her in death on October 1, 2008. She worked at the Sterling Gazette in the Classifed Ads Department from 1956 –...
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Helen D. Larkey

January 16, 1934 - December 28, 2015

Helen D. Larkey, 81, of Rock Falls, died Monday, December 28, 2015 at home. Born January 16, 1934 in Elizabeth, Iowa she was a daughter of Karl and Ethel (Powell) Miller. On July 18, 1953 she married Lyle Larkey in Sterling. He died January 19, 2010. Helen worked at General Electric in Morrison for 30 years as a welder. She enjoyed shopping, jewelry, trips to the casino, going to the...
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Harry Ferguson

February 29, 1928 - December 27, 2015

ROCK FALLS – Harry Ferguson, age 87, died Sunday, December 27, 2015 at St. Michaels Hospital in Stevens Point, Wis. Harry was born on February 29, 1928 in Whitehall the son of Perry and Lillie (Egan) Ferguson. He married Lois Pfeiffer on February 28, 1951 in Dixon. She died on November 14, 1996. Harry was employed for 37 years as a General Foreman at Northwestern Steel & Wire Company,...
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Roy A. Hess

March 7, 1913 - December 27, 2015

Roy A. Hess Roy A. Hess, age 102, entered into the loving presence of his Lord on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at Morningside of Sterling. Roy was born March 7, 1913 in Sterling the son of Charles and Essie (Landis) Hess. Roy married Gladys Witmer on August 17, 1940 in Prairieville. She preceded him in death on May 13, 2009. Growing up on the family farm on Freeport Road, he attended Stone...
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Addelynne Roche

April 20, 1962 - December 26, 2015

Addelyne Roche, 53, of Sterling, died Saturday, December 26, 2015 in Sterling. Born April 20, 1962 in Sterling, she was a daughter of Thomas and Hortencia (Celestino) Roche. She was a US Army veteran and worked at North End Liquors in Sterling for 10 years. She enjoyed shopping, spending time with her family and loved her two dogs, Sassy and Thor. Surviving is a son, Thomas R. R. Roche (Vesna...
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Arlyn W. Folkers

September 5, 1942 - December 24, 2015

STERLING – Arlyn W. Folkers, 73 of Sterling died Thursday December 24, 2015 at OSF St Francis Medical Center, in Peoria. He was born on September 5, 1942 in Sterling the son of Walter and Erma (Busing) Folkers. Arlyn was a 52 year member of the operating engineer's local union 150; He had also served as past Hopkins Twp Road Commissioner for 20 years; and he had farmed most of his life. He had...
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John Alan VanKampen

December 9, 1944 - December 22, 2015

John Alan VanKampen, age 71 of Fulton, died Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton. John was born on December 9, 1944; the son of Roy and Marie (Gretencord) VanKampen. He was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad as an engineer for 36 years before retirement. John was a United States Air Force Veteran. He had a love for cars and enjoyed being outdoors, playing pool and...
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Charles D. Gallardo

August 27, 1961 - December 21, 2015

Charles D. Gallardo, age 54, of Rockford formally of Sterling died Monday, December 21, 2015 at Milestone Long Term Care in Rockford. Charles was born August 27, 1961 in Sterling the son of Joseph Z. and Virginia (Amesquita) Gallardo and Amelia Garcia. Survivors include six sisters Dolly (Ralph) Gonzalez of Sterling, Lola (Dave) Pletsch of Sterling, Barbara (Roger) Berry of Geneseo,...
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Nicholas Garza

August 14, 1988 - December 17, 2015

Nicholas J. Garza, 27 of Prophetstown died Thursday, December 17, 2015 while at work in Camanche, IA. He was born on August 14, 1988 in Sterling, the son of Rosendo Joseph and Diane Marie (Abell) Garza Jr. He was a 2007 graduate of Prophetstown High School and a graduate of Nashville Auto/Diesel College. Nic had worked at Dohrn Trucking; Tyson Foods; Birkeys in Prophetstown and MH Equipment....
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Darrel C. Spencer

August 14, 1951 - December 16, 2015

Darrel C. Spencer, age 64 of Milledgeville, died Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Darrel was born on August 14, 1951 in Sterling; the son of Frank "Gail" and Edna (Byvick) Spencer. He is a United States Marine Veteran. Darrel was employed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security for 30 years, retiring in 2006. He was a member of the Rice Lake...
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Lucille Barajas

February 28, 1940 - December 15, 2015

Lucille E. Barajas, 75 of Sterling died Tuesday December 15, 2015 at Regency Care of Sterling. She was born on February 28, 1940 in Sterling the daughter of Genaro and Mary (Moreno) Barajas. She was employed as an inspector at the former GE in Morrison for 30 years retiring in 1995. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Sterling. Surviving is her sister, Loretta Main of Sterling;...
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Joseph Zipprich

April 23, 1949 - December 15, 2015

FULTON – Joseph Zipprich, age 66, died Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at his home following an extended illness. Joe was born on April 23, 1949 in Chicago the son of Jerome and Marie (Ulie) Zipprich. He married Susan Kutella on December 24, 1982 in Chicago and they had two daughters. He later married Susan Volkert on November 9, 2006 in Morrison. Joe was employed as a Firefighter...
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Mary Bennett

August 26, 1935 - December 15, 2015

ROCK FALLS – Mary Bennett, 80 of Rock Falls died Tuesday December 15, 2015 at her home. She was born on August 26, 1935 in El Paso, TX the daughter of Ventura and Agustina (Perez) Duran. She married Charles Bennett on January 14, 1955 in Aurora, NM. He died January 7, 1978. Mary had worked at the former Harper Wyman for 14 years; as a dietary cook at Rock Falls Rehab; and as a cook at Casey's...
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Lon Everett Forren

August 4, 1949 - December 14, 2015

ROCK FALLS – Lon Everett Forren, 66 of Rock Falls died Monday December 14, 2015 at the VA Hospital in Iowa City, IA. He was born on August 4, 1949 in Sterling the son of Charles Wesley and Marilouise (George) Forren and was a veteran of the Viet Nam War having served in the US Marines. Lon had worked as a machinist at the former A.E. Bogott in Sterling. Surviving are three children...
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Mary L. Saunders

July 31, 1935 - December 14, 2015

Mary L. Saunders Mary L. Saunders, age 80, of Sterling, died December 14, 2015 at Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care. Mary was born July 31, 1935 in Sterling the daughter of John and Elsie (Eichelberger) Zinke. She married Donald L. Saunders on December 31, 1952 in Sterling. He preceded her in death in June of 2013. Survivors include one daughter, Debbie (Tom) Welton of Rock Falls; one...
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James Jacob Wetzell

August 16, 1941 - December 13, 2015

James J. Wetzell, age 74 of Sterling died Sunday, December 13, 2015 at his home. James was born August 16, 1941 in Dixon the son of Earl and Francis (Wirth) Wetzell. He graduated from Leaf River High School in 1959. James married Sandy Palmer on November 11, 1961 in Adeline, IL. She preceded him in death on March 12, 1991. He was a member of the Como Baptist Church in Como. James then...
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Delores "Dee" Freas

May 31, 1930 - December 12, 2015

Delores "Dee" M. Freas, age 85 of Rock Falls, died Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Regency Care Center in Sterling. Dee was born May 31, 1930 in Rock Falls the daughter of Orville and Nellie F. (Sanders) Bronson. She married Leonard E. Staelens on July 7, 1951 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on February 14, 1988. Dee then married Glenn M. Freas on April 5, 1991 in Rock Falls. He also...
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Monte D. Nornhold

June 8, 1941 - December 11, 2015

Monte D. Nornhold, age 74 of Rock Falls, died Friday, December 11, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Monte was born June 8, 1941 in Como the son of Ralph and Minnie (Chapman) Nornhold and step-son of Esther Nornhold. He married Doris Johnson on June 26, 1962 in Morrison. He owned and operated Monte's Auto Body for 30 years. Survivors include his wife Doris of Rock Falls, two...
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Denis L. Handel

September 2, 1949 - December 9, 2015

Denis L. Handel, age 66 of Sterling died Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Denis was born September 2, 1949 in Sterling the son of Donald and Elaine (Josephsen) Handel, Sr. He worked as a forklift and tractor operator in the east plant at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 29 years. Denis then worked for Borg Warner in Dixon as an automation operator....
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Lester F. Kunde

2015

Lester "Punk" F. Kunde Lester "Punk" F. Kunde, age 84, died Friday, December 4, 2015 at his home. Lester was born the son of Frank and Bertha (Dettman) Kunde. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War as a Staff Sergeant and later married Barbara Jean Clough on July 6, 1958 in Milledgeville. Lester was a member of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sterling, the Sterling...
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Evelyn Gaffey, J.

June 12, 1938 - December 4, 2015

Evelyn Jean Gaffey, age 77 of Sterling, died Friday, December 4, 2015 in Conroe, Texas while visiting her son after a brief illness Evelyn was born on June 12, 1938 in Duluth, MN; the daughter of Frank R. and Martha (Wordermann) Moorehead. She married John "Jack" E. Gaffey on August 24, 1968 in Sterling. Survivors include her husband, Jack; two sons, Joseph (Brenda) Gaffey of Conroe, TX...
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Jason W. Griffis

October 13, 1978 - December 1, 2015

Jason Wayne Griffis, age 37 of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island. Jason was born on October13, 1978 in Sterling, IL; the son of Gary L. Griffis and Brenda L. (Haas) Voss. He was attending Western Illinois University at the Quad City campus, working to complete his Bachelor's Degree. Prior to that he completed his Associates Degree at Sauk...
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Vera L. Hasselbacher

November 12, 1916 - December 1, 2015

Vera L. Hasselbacher, 99 of Rock Falls died Tuesday December 1, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on November 12, 1916 in Brimfield, IL the daughter of Raymond and Jennie (Shane) Savage. She married Earl Hasselbacher on November 27, 1933 in Peoria. He died June 20, 2005. She had worked at the former Frantz in Sterling retiring in 1978. Surviving are her sons: Delmar (Gay Lynn...
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Donald L. Hughes

December 20, 1948 - November 30, 2015

Donald L. Hughes Donald L. Hughes, age 66, of Rock Falls, died Monday, November 30, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Don was born December 20, 1948 in Virden the son of Charles and Ruby Hughes. He married Debby Benter on October 19, 1979 in Geneva. He made a wonderful living for his family as he put 31 years in at Caterpillar and also worked part time at Napa Auto Parts. Don loved...
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Kevin Eugene Gladhill

October 15, 1967 - November 28, 2015

Kevin Eugene Gladhill, 48, of Sterling, Illinois died Saturday, November 28, 2015, at CGH Medical Center after a brief fight with cancer. Kevin was born on October 15, 1967, in Sterling, Illinois, the son of Calvin Gladhill and Joyce (Fargher) Gladhill. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1986, attended Sauk Valley, and Black Hawk colleges, and was working toward his business degree...
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Regina K. Kelchner

April 20, 1968 - November 25, 2015

Regina K. Kelchner, age 47 of Rock Falls died Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at the University of Wisconsin Madison in Madison, WI. Regina was born April 20, 1968 in Morrison, the daughter of Richard and Carol (Thompson) Nichols. A gathering of family and friends will be from 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Firehouse of God Ministries, 306 5th Avenue, in Sterling. ...
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Dawn R. Graham

December 4, 1972 - November 25, 2015

STERLING – Dawn R. Graham, age 42, died Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Dawn was born on December 4, 1972 in Sterling the daughter of Charles "Dave" and Vicky (Hansen) Hendrix. She married Jason Graham on August 30, 1997 in Sterling. Dawn was a Medical Transcriptionist for Whiteside County Health Department. Survivors include her husband, Jason...
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Michael G. Kreassig

March 2, 1965 - November 25, 2015

Michael G. Kreassig, 50, of Prophetstown, died peacefully Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Winning Wheels in Prophetstown surrounded by his loving family. Born March 2, 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa he was the son of Melvin and Martha (Keohen) Kreassig. He enjoyed watching Iowa sports on TV and listening to music. He is survived by his father, Melvin Kreassig, of Dubuque; his mother, Martha...
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Arlene E. Sanders

December 23, 1946 - November 21, 2015

Arlene E. Sanders Arlene E. Sanders, age 68, of Lyndon, died Saturday, November 21, 2015 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Arlene was born December 23, 1946 in Morrison the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Woodard) Grozeny. She married Robert Sanders on February 28, 1975 in Lyndon. He preceded her in death on December 26, 2002. She was employed at Sauk Valley Media for 15 years...
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Eugene C. Muur

October 27, 1939 - November 20, 2015

Eugene C. Muur Eugene C. Muur, age 76, of Morrison, died Friday, November 20, 2015 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Eugene was born October 27, 1939 in Fulton the son of William and Edna (Bielema) Muur. He married Ruth Diephuis on January 9, 1959 in Fulton. He owned and operated the Morrison Tire Center until his son, Randy, bought the business. Eugene was a member of Emmanuel...
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Richard Frasor

March 7, 1933 - November 18, 2015

Richard Frasor, age 82, of Sterling, died Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society Prophets Riverview in Prophetstown. Mr. Frasor was born in Blue Island on March 7, 1933 the son of Lowell and Alice (Mahaffay) Frasor. He attended Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, where he was an All-State football player, and earned a football scholarship to the University of Notre Dame,...
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Evelyn "Jean" Parker

July 25, 1920 - November 16, 2015

Evelyn "Jean" Parker, age 95, of Fulton, died Monday, November 16, 2015 at The Alverno Health Care Facility. Jean was born July 25, 1920 in Albany the daughter of William and Mary (Leahy) Hurley. She married James F. Parker on November 17, 1945 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on June 10, 1993. She was employed as a cook at Fulton Middle School for 15 years. Jean was a lifetime member...
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Tony Shierry

November 4, 1945 - November 15, 2015

George "Tony" A. Shierry, age 70, of Lyndon, died Sunday, November 15, 2015 at Good Samaritan Society-Prophets Riverview in Prophetstown. Tony was born November 4, 1945 in Sterling the son of John and Geneva "Peggy" (Hackett) Shierry. He married Sandy Burger on April 15, 1980 in St. Pete, Fla. He was employed at Micro Industries in Rock Falls and was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church in...
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Marilyn J. Franks Nusbaum

December 9, 1936 - November 15, 2015

Marilyn J. Franks Nusbaum, age 78 of Sterling died Sunday, November 15, 2015 at Regency Care Center in Sterling. Marilyn was born December 9, 1936 in Palatine, IL the daughter of Stanley and Evelyn (Langhoff) Johnston. She married Wilber Franks in March of 1954 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death in March of 2007. Marilyn worked at General Electric in Morrison and was a CNA at Dixon...
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Randall A. Hartman

June 14, 1967 - November 15, 2015

Randall A. Hartman, 48, of Fulton, died Sunday, November 15, 2015 at his brother's home. Born June 14, 1967 in Clinton, IA he was a son of Virgil and Dorothy (Snyder) Hartman. He was a computer technician with V2soft in Michigan. Randy served in the Illinois National Guard and enjoyed Army History and his German heritage. His number one priority was spending time with his son. Surviving...
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Lorna G. Thayer

June 8, 1947 - November 14, 2015

Lorna G. Thayer, 68, of Fulton, died Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo. Born June 8, 1947 in Tuscola, IL she was the daughter of Loran and Gueretta (Anglen) Lewis. She was united in marriage to Dale F. Thayer on June 7, 1970 in Villa Grove. Lorna was a teacher at Fulton High School from 1985 until her retirement in 2004. She previously taught at St. Mary's...
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Mae A. Heflin

April 8, 1923 - November 13, 2015

Mae A. Heflin, age 92, of Sterling, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Regency Care of Sterling. Mae was born April 8, 1923 in Campbellsville, Ky. the daughter of Trabue and Dora (Benningfield) Shearer. She married Walter Heflin in Cahokia, Mo. in 1938. She was employed at Angelo's Pizzeria in Rock Falls for 30 years. Survivors include two daughters,...
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Wanda Sue Graham Sublett Apple

October 31, 1937 - November 13, 2015

Wanda Sue Graham Sublett Apple, age 78 of Sterling, IL died Friday, November 13, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Wanda was born on October 31, 1937 in Rose Bud, AR the daughter of James Franklin and Lulu Viola (Barger) Graham. She married Esker Sublett on May 24, 1954 in Mt. Vernon, AR. He preceded her in death on January 5, 1977. Wanda then married James J. Apple on March 18, 1978...
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Delain "Delvin" McLaughlin

June 25, 2015 - November 13, 2015

Delain L. "Delvin" McLaughlin, 86, of Rock Falls, died Friday, November 13, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Born June 25, 1929 in Troy Grove, Illinois, he was the son of Frank D. and Adelia (Nielson) McLaughlin. He was united in marriage to Dona Puls on December 17, 1955 in Rock Falls. Mr. McLaughlin was a US Air Force veteran and worked for Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad...
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Richard J. Thiem

April 25, 1955 - November 11, 2015

Richard J. Thiem Richard J. Thiem, age 60, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Richard was born April 25, 1955 in Fort Madison, Iowa the son of Shirley Bean and step father, Robert Bean. He was employed at Lawrence Brothers in Sterling for many years. Survivors include his daughter, Whitney (Blake Marsh) Thiem of Tampico; two sons, Anthony ...
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Joanne L. Kramer

June 7, 1933 - November 11, 2015

Joanne L. Kramer, 82, of Walnut, died Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at Heritage Health in Walnut. Born June 7, 1933 in Morrison, she was a daughter of Edward H. and Genevieve E. (Pyse) Fritz. She was united in marriage to Donald A. Kramer on August 11, 1978 in Sterling. Joanne was a licensed practical nurse at Dixon State School for 10 years. She later worked at Walnut manor until her...
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Elizabeth J. Arroyo

November 10, 1914 - November 11, 2015

Elizabeth J. Arroyo, age 101 of Rock Falls died Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at her home. Elizabeth was born November 10, 1914 in Morrison the son of Harold and Rinelda (Johnson) Dodd. She was raised by her mother and stepfather Lantz Lindsley. Elizabeth married Wilson Hand Arroyo on December 30, 1933 in Clinton, IA. He preceded her in death on November 26, 1990. She worked at Illinois...
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Jarrell D. Fry

December 7, 1943 - November 5, 2015

Jarrell D. Fry, age 71 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, November 5, 2015 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Jarrell was born on December 7, 1943 in Hoxie, Arkansas; the son of John B. and Clara G. (Ball) Fry. He is a United States Navy Veteran. Jarrell was employed by LTV Steel in Hennepin for over 30 years, retiring in 2006. Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Fry of LaGrange, GA...
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Robert N. Wolf

January 2, 1922 - November 4, 2015

Robert N. Wolf, age 93 of Sterling, died Wednesday, November 04, 2015 at Pine Crest Manor in Mt. Morris. Robert was born on January 2, 1922 in Sterling; the son of Merle and Perna Mary (Webb) Wolf. He is a United States Army Air Corp Veteran, serving in World War II. Robert married Vina June Pollock on January 8, 1944 in Sterling; she preceded him in death on February 7, 2008. Robert was...
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Theodore P. Crynock

June 29, 1940 - November 3, 2015

Theodore "Ted" P. Crynock, 75, of Prophetstown, IL, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Genesis West Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa. Ted was born on June 29, 1940 in Erie, PA; the son of Stephen and Mary E. (Detrich) Crynock. He married Helen White on May 7, 1960 in Erie, PA. Ted was employed by General Electric as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer, retiring in 2005. He was a family...
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Ronald Paul Bushaw

January 19, 1955 - November 2, 2015

Ronald "Ron" P. Bushaw, age 60, of Rock Falls died Monday, November 02, 2015 at his home. Ron was born January 19, 1955 in Sterling the son of Donald Paul and Irene Delores (Newark) Bushaw. He was a mechanic for all of his life and owned Ron's Auto Repair. Ron married Debra Davis on June 29, 1979 in Morrison. She preceded him in death on June 30, 2009. Survivors include one daughter...
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Arlene J. Linton

April 20, 1939 - November 1, 2015

Arlene J. Linton, age 76, of Sterling, died Sunday, November 1, 2015 at her home. Arlene was born April 20, 1939 in Walsh County, N. D. the daughter of Florian and Phoebe (Maszk) Mager. She was a homemaker and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sterling. Survivors include two daughters, Kathy (Bill) Williamson of Rock Falls and Sheri (Mike) Dabbour of Saudi Arabia; one son, Jeff...
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Ronald Mock

June 9, 1936 - October 30, 2015

Ronald R. Mock, age 79 of Chadwick, died Friday, October 30, 2015 at Sterling Pavilion. Ronald was born on June 9, 1936 in Sterling; the son of Russell and Irma (Oncken) Mock. He is a United States Navy Veteran. Ronald married Jacqueline Ruppert on March 14, 1959 in Sterling. He was employed by Wall Trucking in Lanark for 30 years before retirement. Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline;...
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Noel Reed, Sr.

December 30, 1942 - October 29, 2015

Noel Reed, Sr., 72, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Sauk Valley Senior Living Center in Rock Falls. Born December 30, 1942 in Sterling, he was a son of Raymond and Pearl (Whiteside) Reed. Noel worked as a pipefitter for Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for 32 years and also served as past president of Steel Workers Local 63. Noel attended Rock River Christian...
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LaVerne R. Thompson

August 22, 1927 - October 27, 2015

LaVerne R. Thompson, age 88 formally of Rock Falls died Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Heritage Manor Walnut in Walnut. LaVerne was born August 22, 1927 in Albany the son of James and Florence (Sanders) Thompson. He married Beverly Rose Knapp on December 24, 1947 in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death on May 12, 2001. LaVerne served in the US Army at the end of World War II. He worked at...
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Laura Moldt

October 16, 1922 - October 27, 2015

Laura Moldt, age 93, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Laura, daughter of Victor and Marie DeKeyser, was born on October 16, 1922 in Oelwein, Iowa. She graduated from Annawan High School. She was a homemaker, worked at Dixon State School, then at General Electric in Morrison. She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, Altar & Rosary...
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Beverly "Betty" Albus

August 27, 1927 - October 26, 2015

Beverly "Betty" Albus, age 88, of Sterling, died Monday, October 26, 2015 at Regency Care of Sterling surrounded by family. Betty was born August 27, 1927 in Sterling the daughter of Noel and Margaret (Rogers) Oberg. She married Elmer "Bud" Albus on February 11, 1947 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sterling. Betty worked at JC Penney's for many years and enjoyed country music, camping,...
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Jason Alan Reglin

September 18, 1976 - October 20, 2015

Jason Alan Reglin, age 39 of Sterling, died Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at his home. Jason was born on September 18, 1976 in Sterling; the son of Lawrence and Janyce (Squyres) Reglin. He was employed as a Union painter for around 15 years. Jason married Sherri K. Long on April 30, 2006 in Sterling. Survivors include his wife, Sherri; his mother, Janyce of Sterling; two daughters, Cheyenne...
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Ted A. Jankowski

April 18, 1926 - October 20, 2015

MORRISON – Ted A. Jankowski, 89 of Morrison died Tuesday October 20, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Ted was born on April 18, 1926 in New Castle, IN the son of Frank and Helen (Romsicki) Jankowski. He was united in marriage to Irene Gilbertson on October 30, 1949 in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death on October 8, 2003. In 1943 he worked in Seattle, WA at the MP Munter,...
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Donald E. Hughes

October 13, 1957 - October 19, 2015

Donald Hughes, age 58 of Rock Falls, died Monday, October 19, 2015 at his home. Don was born on October 13, 1957 in Sterling; the son of James Hughes and Betty (White) Graves. He is a United States Army Veteran. Survivors include one son, LaVae Hughes of Rock Falls and two brothers, James C. Hughes of Sun City, CA and Joseph Audette of Rock Falls. He was preceded in death by his parents;...
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Leandro G. Canas

February 9, 1930 - October 18, 2015

Leandro G. Canas Leandro G. Canas, age 85, of Houston, Texas, died Sunday, October 18, 2015 at his home. Leandro was born February 9, 1930 in El Progresso, Texas the son of Herlinda Garcia. He married Beatrice Martinez. Survivors include three daughters, Gloria Sanchez, Delia Canas and Teresa Tubbs; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife;...
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Anita K. Elgin

January 24, 1954 - October 18, 2015

Anita K. Elgin, age 61, of Tampico, died Sunday, October 18, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family and loved ones. Anita was born January 24, 1954 in Princeton the daughter of Lester and Alice (Saathoff) Peach. She married Ron Elgin on December 8, 1979. Anita was currently employed at the Sterling Public Library where she was the Head Children's Librarian. She worked there for 40 years...
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Michael J. Filippi

October 30, 1927 - October 18, 2015

Michael J. Filippi, 87, of Rock Falls died Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Prophets Good Samaritan Home in Prophetstown. Born October 30, 1927 in Amaseno, Italy, he was a son of Natale J. and Rosa T. (Testa) Filippi. He was united in marriage to Anna Panici on December 29, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan. Mike was a US Army veteran serving during WW II. He worked for Chicago Northwestern Railroad...
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Marjorie "Marge" Lindsay

August 26, 1948 - October 16, 2015

TAMPICO – Marjorie "Marge" Lindsay, age 67, died Friday, October 16, 2015 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Marge was born on August 26, 1948 in Morrison the daughter of John E. and Esther (Eads) McKenna. She married Robert Lindsay on January 3, 1989 in Clinton Iowa. Marge was employed as a Cashier with Eagles in Sterling for 23 years retiring in 2007. She was a member of Harvest Time Bible...
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Edward L. Dittmar

October 5, 1924 - October 16, 2015

Edward L. Dittmar, age 91 formally of Milledgeville died Friday, October 16, 2015 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Edward was born October 5, 1924 in Chadwick the son of John William and Bertha Louise (Schleaning) Dittmar. He married Elaine Shirley LeFevre on December 28, 1962 in Polo. She preceded him in death on May 8, 1999. Edward was a life-long farmer. After retiring from...
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Peggy Karash

September 13, 1944 - October 15, 2015

MORRISON – Peggy Karash, age 71, died at home Thursday, October 15, 2015 following an extended illness. Peggy was born on September 13, 1944 in Sterling the daughter of Dean and Mildred (Wagenknecht) Pyse. She married Larry Karash on September 28, 1987 in Rock Island. Peggy was a homemaker. Survivors include, her husband Larry Karash of Morrison; one daughter, Lori Carbaugh of Morrison;...
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Clauddean Starbuck

March 4, 1937 - October 13, 2015

MACOMB – Clauddean E. Starbuck, age 78, formerly of Sterling died at her home in Macomb following an extended illness. Clauddean was born on March 4, 1937 in Perry County, Tenn. the daughter of Claud Samuel and Elva Roosevelt (Comer) Kilpatrick. She married Ollie Franklin Starbuck on August 25, 1954 and later resided in Wilmington, IL. He preceded her in death on December 15, 1999. She...
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Walter "Wally" Arthurs

October 7, 1930 - October 13, 2015

Walter "Wally" Arthurs, Jr., age 85 of Sterling died Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Wally was born October 7, 1930 in Lawrence County, Ohio the son of Walter and Marjorie (Herrell) Arthurs, Sr. He married Margaret Mabrey on March 24, 1978 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on May 11, 2015. He worked as a supervisor at Wonder Bread and Sunbeam...
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Elmer Milby

March 3, 1927 - October 10, 2015

Elmer Milby Elmer Milby, age 88, of Rock Falls, died Saturday, October 10, 2015 at "quarter after the hour" of 11 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Elmer was born March 3, 1927 in Malden the son of William and Floy (Polley) Milby. He married Gladys O'leta Skaggs on December 24, 1947 in Rock Falls. Elmer served in the US Navy during WWII aboard the USS The Sullivans DD537. He...
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Donald Lee Rogers

October 21, 1945 - October 8, 2015

Donald Lee Rogers, age 69 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, October 8, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Don was born on October 21, 1945 in Belvedere, Ill.; the son of Noah A. and Mildred L. (Green) Rogers. He attended Pearl City High School. On June 12, 1976 he married Patricia Ann Link and together they had two children, Joshua and Aaron. Don worked for the Chicago Northwestern and Union...
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Jane L. White

July 15, 1931 - October 8, 2015

Jane L. White, age 84, of Sterling, died Thursday, October 8, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Jane was born July 15, 1931 in Sterling the daughter of John and Lucille (McCormick) Frey. She married Allen White on June 4, 1955 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on July 21, 1993. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sterling. ...
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Margaret "Maggie" Mullen

March 29, 1941 - October 6, 2015

Margaret "Maggie" R. Mullen, 74 of Savanna, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Big Meadows in Savanna. Maggie was born on March 29, 1941 in Seattle, Washington to John and Virginia Scott. She married James A. Mullen on April 21, 1983 in Clinton, Iowa. Maggie worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at several nursing facilities in her younger years; she was a very caring...
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Gerald J. Delhotal

August 27, 1924 - October 6, 2015

Gerald J. "Frenchie" Delhotal, age 91 of Sterling, died Tuesday, October 06, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Gerald was born on August 27, 1924 in Sublette, Ill.; the son of Emil and Florence (Campbell) Delhotal. He married Arlene Schrader on June 3, 1950 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon, Ill. Gerald was employed by Northwestern Steel & Wire as a pipe fitter for 38 years,...
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Beverly M. Saunders

April 7, 1930 - October 1, 2015

Beverly M. Saunders, age 85 of Sterling died Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home in Sterling. Beverly was born April 7, 1930 in Baraboo, WI the daughter of William Roscoe and Marie Martha (Voll) Kinison. She married Richard R. Saunders, Sr. on August 27, 1949 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on August 18, 2013. Survivors include two daughters Kristy Sanborn of...
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Donald L. Wilkinson

June 22, 1931 - September 30, 2015

Donald L. Wilkinson, 84, of Sterling, died Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at his home. Born June 22, 1931 in Melbourne, Missouri, he was a son of Lloyd and Ardith (Chambers) Wilkinson. He was united in marriage to Mary Green on August 4, 1951 in Rock Falls. Don served in the United States Marine Corps from 1951-1953. He retired from National Manufacturing Company after 49 years of service....
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Ronald Burgess

September 24, 1962 - September 30, 2015

Ronald C. Burgess, 53 of Sterling died Wednesday September 30, 2015 at his home. He was born on September 24, 1962 in Sterling the son of Ronald C. and Carrie J. (Harman) Burgess. Ron attended Rock Falls High School with the class of 1980 and he graduated from Northwestern University in 1982. While at Rock Falls High School he was active in the Marching Rockets and played the trumpet. Ron went...
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Lee Dauen

July 3, 1955 - September 30, 2015

Lee J. Dauen, 60, of Sterling, died Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born July 3, 1955 in Sterling, he was a son of John E. and Lorraine (Dugan) Dauen. Lee owned and operated Lee's Excavating in Sterling for many years. He formerly served as captain with the Sterling Fire Department. Lee faithfully attended River Valley Church in Sterling. He enjoyed doing...
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Leanne J. Gallentine

January 14, 1942 - September 29, 2015

Leanne J. Gallentine Leanne J. Gallentine, age 73, of Rock Falls, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. God opened his arms and angels guided our mother to heaven. We know heaven to be beautiful because she is now there with our dad. Leanne was born January 14, 1942 in Sterling the daughter of James and Zelia (Finch) Lambert. She married Richard...
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