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June L. Machamer

June 1, 1927 - May 23, 2016

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

March 14, 1942 - May 23, 2016

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

January 28, 1930 - May 19, 2016

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

February 15, 1948 - May 19, 2016

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

November 17, 1939 - May 19, 2016

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

September 22, 1941 - May 16, 2016

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

January 5, 1977 - May 15, 2016

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

July 22, 1937 - May 6, 2016

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

August 5, 1926 - May 6, 2016

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

October 24, 1963 - May 5, 2016

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

April 11, 1927 - May 4, 2016

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

July 3, 1956 - May 2, 2016

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

October 11, 1962 - May 2, 2016

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

December 22, 1945 - May 1, 2016

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

November 16, 1960 - May 1, 2016

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

February 6, 1929 - April 30, 2016

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

July 1, 1922 - April 30, 2016

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

April 30, 1930 - April 26, 2016

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

October 3, 1953 - April 26, 2016

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

October 15, 1949 - April 20, 2016

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

March 4, 1952 - April 20, 2016

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

May 27, 1932 - April 18, 2016

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

June 8, 1929 - April 18, 2016

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

August 23, 1933 - April 18, 2016

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

August 23, 1957 - April 17, 2016

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

August 1, 1958 - April 17, 2016

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

July 4, 1933 - April 17, 2016

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

January 31, 1988 - April 16, 2016

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

October 26, 1955 - April 14, 2016

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

January 5, 1933 - April 13, 2016

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

July 24, 1936 - April 10, 2016

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

March 12, 1933 - April 9, 2016

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

October 4, 1925 - April 7, 2016

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

October 18, 1940 - April 7, 2016

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

August 29, 1949 - April 7, 2016

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

April 6, 2016

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

August 29, 1937 - April 6, 2016

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

February 14, 1926 - April 6, 2016

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

August 17, 1939 - April 5, 2016

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

December 25, 1919 - April 5, 2016

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

April 1, 1923 - April 2, 2016

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

August 21, 1935 - April 2, 2016

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

July 6, 1927 - March 31, 2016

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

June 13, 1933 - March 31, 2016

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

July 8, 1935 - March 30, 2016

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

July 3, 1941 - March 29, 2016

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

April 3, 1954 - March 29, 2016

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

November 20, 1924 - March 27, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Doris M. Kimmel, 91, of Rock Falls, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Sterling, the daughter of James B. and Mertella (Hart) Robinson. She married S. Calvin Kimmel on Sept. 3, 1947. She was employed for more than 40 years at Sowles Dry Goods store. Over the years, she worked a sales clerk, buyer, and...
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Lawrence H. Slifer, Jr.

April 29, 1963 - March 27, 2016

STERLING – Lawrence H. Slifer Jr., age 52, died at his home Sunday March 27, 2016. Larry was born on April 29, 1963 in Sterling the son of Lawrence H. and Marilyn (Kitzmiller) Slifer Sr. He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Sterling. Larry was an avid "gear-head" who's passion was working on anything related to motors....Cars, trucks, semis, motorcycles...you...
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Connie L. Barrett

January 18, 1963 - March 26, 2016

Connie L. Barrett, age 53, of Sterling, died Saturday, March 26, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Connie was born January 18, 1963 in Sterling the daughter of Marvin and Virginia (Chapman) Fisher. She married Dwight Barrett on December 25, 2014 in Monroe, N.C. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband of Monroe, N.C.; three daughters, Vashta (Adam) Fitzpatrick of Forest...
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Alberta Beattie

September 14, 1932 - March 26, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Alberta M. Beattie, 83 of Rock Falls died Saturday March 26, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on September 14, 1932 in Raysville, IN the daughter of Gilbert and Juanita Janice (Jeter) Davis. She married Richard G. Beattie on July 23, 1954 in Rock Falls. Alberta was employed at the former Kinney Excavating as a book keeper for 15 years. She was a member of...
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Michael Perino

July 14, 1931 - March 25, 2016

DEER GROVE, IL – Michael B. Perino, Lt Col (ret), 84 died Friday March 25, 2016 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, IL. Michael Benedict Perino was born on July 14, 1931 near Deer Grove, IL, the son of Ralph and Catherine (Carchidi) Perino. He graduated salutatorian in the class of 1948 from Walnut High School, with his sister Dolorosa as valedictorian. Michael earned his bachelor's...
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Lois L. Vos

September 4, 1928 - March 25, 2016

Lois L. Vos, 87, of Sterling, died Friday, March 25, 2016 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Born September 4, 1928 in Albany, she was a daughter of Harper William and Josephine (Drury) Harvey. She was united in marriage to Charles Vos on March 28, 1952 in Albany. Lois was a member of Albany United Methodist Church and the Friendly Circle. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels and...
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Cheryl Sue Chappell

January 28, 1948 - March 24, 2016

Cheryl "Sue" Chappell, age 68, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, March 24, 2016 at her home. Sue was born January 28, 1948 in Sterling the daughter of Dean and Mildred (Wagenknecht) Pyse. She married Stevie W. Chappell on December 12, 1979 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on February 23, 2006. She and Stevie owned and operated Steve's Auto Sales and Quick Lube for 8 years. Survivors...
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Roene Beth Hayen

February 20, 1926 - March 23, 2016

Roene Beth Hayen, age 90 of Sterling, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Avonlea Cottages in Sterling. Roene was born on February 20, 1926, the daughter of John and Hazel (Ackerman) Clary. She married Bernard Hayen on December 28, 1946; he preceded her in death on September 10, 2003. Roene was employed by National Manufacturing in Sterling in the shipping department for 16 years. She was a...
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Teresa (Grennan) Rodriguez

January 29, 1952 - March 23, 2016

Teresa (Grennan) Rodriguez, 64 of Sterling died Wednesday March 23, 2016 at CGH Medical Center. She was born on January 29, 1952 in Sterling, the daughter of Matthew and Helen (Blackburn) Grennan. She attended St. Mary Grade School and was a graduate of Newman Central Catholic High School. Teresa married J. Arnold Rodriguez on April 24, 1971 in Sterling. She had worked for 16 years (1985-2001)...
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Ted W. Swanson

November 4, 1928 - March 22, 2016

Ted W. Swanson, age 87, of Sterling, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at his home. Ted was born November 4, 1928 in Ottawa and spent his school years in Seneca. He worked on construction, barge lines and dredges, was a lineman from coast to coast, and an electrician retiring from Northwestern Steel and Wire in 1991. He married Rita Boseneiler on March 1, 1958. His hobbies were walking, biking...
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Ronald A. Mitchell

June 9, 1938 - March 22, 2016

Ronald A. (Ron) Mitchell, 77 of Sterling, IL and The Villages, FL. Died Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at his Sterling home surrounded by family. Ron was born, June 9, 1938 in Fremont, Nebraska to John A. and Maxine (Rasmussen) Mitchell. He had two siblings a brother Jack and a sister Connie. All have preceded in him in death. On November 25, 1956 Ron and Eileen (Hinrichs) were married. They had...
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Scott L. Schinderling

July 25, 1962 - March 21, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Scott L. Schinderling, 53 of Rock Falls died Monday March 21, 2016 at his home. He was born on July 25, 1962 in Sterling, the son of Harold and Janean (Cunningham) Schinderling. He attended Rock Falls High School and Sauk Valley Community College. He married Bobbie Jan Foskitt on March 19, 1983 in Rock Falls. Scott had worked at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co and at the...
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Helen Krone

October 27, 1936 - March 19, 2016

STERLING- Helen E. Krone, 79, of Sterling, died Saturday morning, March 19, 2016 at Walnut Manor. Helen was born October 27, 1936 in Sterling, the daughter of Jack and Elizabeth (Lease) Gartner. She was a 1954 graduate of Community High School (Newman Central Catholic High School) and a 1992 graduate of Sauk Valley Community College. She married Weston Krone. Helen attained her real...
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Glenn E. Pashon, Jr.

September 11, 1967 - March 15, 2016

Glenn E. Pashon, Jr., age 48, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Rock Falls Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Glenn was born September 11, 1967 in Geneva the son of Glenn Pashon, Sr. and Shirley (Holcomb) Adams. He was employed at Self Help Enterprises. Survivors include his parents, Shirley (Harold) Adams of Rock Falls; three sisters, Rebecca (Mike) Klett, Ann Pashon and...
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Adaline Louise Fielding

March 15, 2016 - March 15, 2016

Adaline Louise Fielding, infant daughter of Ciara Fielding, died Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at CGH Medical Center. She is survived by her mother, Ciara, of Sterling; her big sister, Aaliyah, at home; her grandmother, Kimberly Johnson, of Sterling; and her great-grandparents, John (Marietta) Manning of Sterling. She was preceded in death by her great-great grandmother, Dorothy Kiefel. ...
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George A. Hallman

December 24, 1941 - March 14, 2016

George A. Hallman, age 74, died Monday, March 14, 2016 at Regency Nursing Home, Sterling, IL. George was born December 24, 1941 in Mankato, MN, a son of the late Aaron A. Hallman and Georgia (Crissinger) Hallman. He graduated from Mankato High School and then continued his education attending Mankato State University studying Industrial Arts. George was married to Janet Rae Hallman ...
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Frank W. Heinz

June 28, 1941 - March 14, 2016

Frank W. Heinz, 74 of Rock Falls died Monday March 14, 2016 at his home. He was born on June 28, 1941 in Aurora, IL the son of Frank J. and Cecilia (Kuss) Heinz. He married Dorothy M. Becker on June 5, 1965 in Aurora. Mr. Heinz was employed as plant manager of the former Antec Company in Rock Falls retiring in 1999. He was a member of Good Shephard Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. He enjoyed...
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Wayne Robert Hendryx

November 23, 1948 - March 13, 2016

Wayne Robert Hendryx, passed away to be with his Lord on March 13, 2016. He was born south of Rock Falls, the son of Ora P. and Mary (McNeil) Hendryx. He married Lorraine D. Ballard on November 23, 1948 at a Presbyterian Church in St. Joseph, MO with Lyle and Betty Hendryx in attendance as witness. Wayne had served in the US Army near the end of WW II. In Wayne's lifetime he had many...
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Gary Albert Matthews

July 11, 1941 - March 13, 2016

STERLING – Gary A. Matthews, 74 of Sterling died Sunday March 13, 2016 at his home. He was born on July 11, 1941 in Marian, IN the son of Shirley Albert and Bessie Nadine (Bowers) Matthews. He married Nancy E. "Tootie" Bender on February 20, 1959. Gary was employed at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring after 32 years; he worked as a carpenter for 10 years; and he...
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Kevin L. Hodge

October 20, 1963 - March 10, 2016

Kevin L. Hodge, 52 of Rock Falls died Thursday March 10, 2016 at his home. He was born on October 20, 1963 in Dixon, the son of Dallas L. and Beverly A. (Huffman) Hodge and attended Montmorency Grade School and Rock Falls High School. He married Christina L. (Tate) Ryan on February 18, 1994 in Sterling. Surviving is his wife, Christina; his mother Beverly Hodge of Rock Falls; his children:...
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Pat A. Hacker

March 31, 1937 - March 9, 2016

Pat Hacker, age 78, of Sterling, died Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Pat was born March 31, 1937 in Sterling the daughter of Thomas and Esther (Pope) Rasmussen. She married Glen "Dick" Hacker on March 18, 1956 at Broadway Methodist Church in Sterling. Pat enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and attending their activities and events. She was a member of...
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Rose Mary Newell

June 26, 1928 - March 8, 2016

Rose Mary Newell, 87, passed away in peace and grace on Tuesday, March 8, at Community General Hospital with her family by her side. Proceeded in death by her loving husband, William, in 2012, her parents, Bernard and Catherine Droste, three brothers: John, Leo, and Anthony Droste, and one sister, Amelia Schauff Droste. She is survived by one brother, Brother James Droste S.M., and seven...
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Ramon Castro, Sr.

January 10, 1945 - March 8, 2016

Ramon Castro, Sr. Ramon Castro, Sr., age 71, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ramon was born January 10, 1945 in Carrizo Springs, Texas the son of Martin and Victoria (Hernandez) Diaz-Castro. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 30 years retiring in 1997. Survivors include one son, Ramon (Erika) Castro of Sterling; two sisters,...
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John R. Ballard, Sr.

June 5, 1934 - March 6, 2016

John R. Ballard, Sr., age 81, of Dixon, died Sunday, March 6, 2016 at his home. John was born June 5, 1934 in Wittier, Calif. He served in the US Army during the Korean War where he was severely injured. John was always busy doing something such as working around the house, having coffee at McDonald's or helping a friend. Survivors include his son, John (Donna) Ballard, Jr. of Dixon;...
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Rachel Joy Clark

October 28, 1976 - March 5, 2016

WESTON, MO - Rachel Joy Clark, 39, of Weston, Missouri, and formerly of Sterling, IL and Peoria, IL, passed away peacefully in Kansas City, Missouri on March 5, 2016. She was surrounded by family and friends in her room in the days prior to her passing and was remotely lifted up in prayer by the many people – particularly other mothers – that she had so positively impacted in her short time...
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Sharon Schmitt

October 11, 1938 - March 5, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Sharon Schmitt, age 77, died Saturday, March 5, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Sharon was born on October 11, 1938 in Sterling the daughter of Mabel (Glynn) Ohda. She married Elwin Schmitt on December 28, 1956 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2014. Sharon was a member of St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sterling. She was a homemaker and enjoyed...
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Robert Hemminger

January 1, 1946 - March 3, 2016

STERLING – Robert Hemminger, age 70, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Robert was born on January 1, 1946 in Sterling the son of Wallace and Ellen (Thompson) Hemminger. He married Joni Marshall on April 17, 1995 in Elizabeth. Robert was a lifelong mechanic having most recently owned and operated Hemminger Repair, Rock Falls. He was a loving...
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Twila Penny Steffes

December 24, 1936 - March 2, 2016

Twila G. "Penny" Steffes, 79, of Sterling, died Wednesday evening, March 2, 2016 at CGH Medical Center. Born December 24, 1936 in Arcadia, Indiana County, Pennsylvania she was a daughter of Ben and Geraldine Rose (Pennington) Bartlebaugh. She was united in marriage to Edmond Steffes on April 25, 1981 in Sterling. Penny was employed with Lawrence Brothers for 32 years. She was a US Navy...
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Betty Lou Van Meter

March 14, 1936 - March 2, 2016

Betty L. Van Meter, 79, of Sterling, died Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at CGH Medical Center. Born March 14, 1936 in Sterling she was a daughter of Ray C. and Edna (Jackson) Blasdell. Betty enjoyed doing family research and crafts. She touched the lives of those who knew and loved her and she cherished those friendships she had made. Those left to honor her memory include her son Phillip ...
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Willene Hicks

December 6, 1924 - February 29, 2016

Willene Hicks, 91 of Sterling died Monday February 29, 2016 at Parkway Center, Sterling. She was born on December 6, 1924 in Walnut Ridge, AR the daughter of William and Willie (Barnor) Townsley. She married Clarence Brown on Aug 9, 1941 in Walnut Ridge, AR. He died Dec 18, 1985. She later married Robert Hicks on April 29, 1989 in Rock Falls. He died February 7, 1994. Willene had worked as a...
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Jeffrey A. Rose

October 10, 1962 - February 29, 2016

STERLING – Jeffrey A. Rose, 53 passed away peacefully on February 29, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling surrounded by family. Jeff was a resident of Exceptional Care and Training Center in Sterling for the past 35 years, being the 5th resident at the home when it opened in 1980. Jeff was born on October 10, 1962 at Community General Hospital in Sterling the son of Darol G. and Sheryl M....
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Michael E. King

October 16, 1944 - February 27, 2016

Colonel Michael Edward King (Ret), 71 of Sterling, IL peacefully passed away in Iowa City at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on February 27, 2016 surrounded by his family. Michael was born on October 16, 1944 in Sterling, IL the son of Edward R. and Velma C. (Jones) King. He graduated from Newman Central Catholic High School in 1962. He attended Rockhurst College in Kansas City graduating...
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Louis H. Brotheridge

September 3, 1926 - February 27, 2016

Louis H. Brotheridge, 89 of Rock Falls died Saturday February 27, 2016 at his home. He was born on September 3, 1926 in Rock Falls the son of John and Minnie (Smith) Brotheridge and was a 1944 graduate of Rock Falls High School. Louis was a veteran of WWII having served in the US Army. He married the former Luella Schultz on March 6, 1948 in Rock Falls. She died February 9, 2004. Louis began...
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Elaine Handel

April 2, 1916 - February 27, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Elaine Handel, 99 of Rock Falls died Saturday February 27, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on April 2, 1916 in Spring Valley, IL the daughter of Charles and Margaret (Snapoonis) Josephsen. She married Donald Handel on March 14, 1942 in MO. He died February 26, 1990. Elaine devoted her life to caring for her loving family. Survivors include her daughter,...
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Ruth Arlene Becker

April 6, 1923 - February 25, 2016

Ruth Arlene Becker, age 92 of Rock Falls, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Dixon Rehab and Health Care Center. Ruth was born on April 6, 1923 in Rock Falls; the daughter of Earl and Erna (Schlueter) Seidel. She married Mervyn "Bill" Becker on May 30, 1943 in Seattle, Washington. They were married for 72 years. Ruth was employed by the Rock Falls Police Department, before retiring...
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Patricia A. Akerman

October 22, 1940 - February 25, 2016

Patricia A. Akerman, age 75, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, February 25, 2016 at her home. Patricia was born October 22, 1940 in Sterling the daughter of Jess and Mary Ellen (McDonnell) Wagner. She married Paul Akerman on November 23, 1963 in Rock Falls. She was employed at Bergners for ten years retiring in 2004. Patricia was an excellent cook, had a wonderful sense of humor and loved her...
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June L. Stewart

November 18, 1920 - February 24, 2016

June (Dyslin) Stewart died Wednesday February 24 at Good Samaritan Society in Mt. Carroll, IL. She was born November 18, 1920 in Freeport, IL to Clifford and Elsie (Meyer) Dyslin. She graduated from Freeport High School and worked for McNess in Freeport, before marrying Vernon Stewart on April 1, 1944. After 51years of marriage, she was preceded in death by her husband Vernon in 1995. June is...
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Edward J. Kane

March 8, 1947 - February 24, 2016

Edward J. Kane Edward J. Kane, age 68, of Milledgeville, died Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ed was born March 8, 1947 in Sterling the son of James and Helen (Miatke) Kane. He married Patricia Bass on February 22, 1969 in Sterling. He was employed as a truck driver for 25 years working for Smith Trucking in Milledgeville and Neumiller Farms in Savanna. He...
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Ward M. Johnson

December 15, 1934 - February 23, 2016

COLETA – Ward M. Johnson, 81 of rural Coleta died Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at the University of Madison Hospital. He was born on December 15, 1934 in Sterling, the son of Theodore and Helen (Hadley) Johnson and was a 1952 graduate of Sterling High School. Ward served in the US Army from 1956 – 1958 in Korea. He married Dorothy Cassens on August 30, 1959 in Sterling. Ward had farmed the...
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Jerry B. Saathoff

May 30, 1962 - February 21, 2016

Jerry B. Saathoff, age 53 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Regency Care of Sterling after a short battle with cancer. Jerry was born on May 30, 1962 in Sterling; the son of John and Jane (Peach) Saathoff. He was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad as the manager of intermodal operations for over 26 years. Survivors include one sister, Janet (Dale) Sierens of Rock Falls;...
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Keith Francis Reul

October 24, 1946 - February 19, 2016

Keith Francis Reul, age 69 formerly of Rock Falls, died Friday, February 19, 2016 in Mesa, AZ. Keith was born on October 24, 1946 in Dexter, MN; the son of Laverne and Margaret (Remington) Reul. He married Sally VanHorn on December 30, 1983 in Rock Falls. He was employed as a truck driver for 25 years, working out of Clinton, IA. Survivors include his wife, Sally of Mesa, AZ; two daughters...
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John Marvin Wolzfelt

October 31, 1929 - February 17, 2016

John Marvin Wolzfelt, age 86 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. John was born on October 31, 1929 in Harmon; the son of John Theodore and Kathleen (Volland) Wolzfelt. He was a United States Army Veteran who served in the Korean War. John married Geraldine E. Lathrop on February 5, 1950 in Rock Falls; she preceded him in death on January 12,...
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Stanley Stephen Wagner

December 3, 1931 - February 16, 2016

Stanley Stephen Wagner, 85, of Chadwick, died Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at the home of his caregivers. Born January 3, 1931 in Milledgeville, he was a son of Ernest Stephen and Achsia Helen (Deets) Wagner. Stanley served in the United States Army from 1954-1955 and was a member of Milledgeville United Methodist Church. He farmed in Chadwick all his life. Those left to honor his memory...
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Billie J. Pritchard

January 20, 1933 - February 15, 2016

DIXON – Billie J. Pritchard, age 83, died Monday, February 15, 2016 at Dixon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Dixon. Billie was born on January 20, 1933 in Sterling the daughter of Chester and Bernice (Glafka) Brooks. She married Lloyd Pritchard on July 8 of 1950 in Polo, Illinois. Billie was employed for 20 years with Borg Warner in Dixon retiring in 1988. Survivors include one...
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John "Jerry" Stanley

September 30, 1939 - February 15, 2016

John "Jerry" Jerome Stanley, age 76 of Rock Falls, passed away Monday, February 15, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Jerry was born on September 30, 1939 in Dixon; the son of John Henry and Helen Evelyn (Seloover) Stanley. He graduated from Rock Falls High School and went on to play college football. He graduated from Pestalozzi-Froebel Teachers College. Jerry met his wife, Patricia...
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Douglas L. Janssen

June 2, 1954 - February 15, 2016

Douglas L. Janssen, 61 of Nelson died Monday February 15, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on June 2, 1954 in Sterling the son of Leroy and Verna (Schreiner) Janssen and was a graduate of Rock Falls High School. Doug retired from the former National Manufacturing Co after 30 years. He then worked at Krieder Services in Dixon until 2009. Doug enjoyed coaching boxing; outdoor...
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Shirley A. Kreider-Portner

November 23, 1951 - February 15, 2016

Shirley A. Kreider-Portner Shirley A. Portner, age 64, of Dixon, died Monday, February 15, 2016 at her home. Shirley was born November 23, 1951 in Rock Falls the daughter of Theodore and Martha (Werner) Kreider. She was employed at Allied Lock for 3 years. Shirley enjoyed baking, holidays, owls and her dog, Scrappy. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Steven Portner of Dixon; two...
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Virginia Hicks Cole

March 29, 1931 - February 14, 2016

TAMPICO – Virginia Hicks Cole, 84 of rural Tampico died Sunday February 14, 2016 at her home. She was born on March 29, 1931 in Crystal, West VA the daughter of Stephen and Tidie (Shilling) Becorest. She married Cecil Hicks on Aug 30, 1947 in Tazwell, West VA. He died in 1976. She later married Donald Cole on December 3, 1977 in Rock Falls, IL. He died in 2003. Virginia enjoyed collecting...
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Jerry D. Holder

May 8, 1941 - February 14, 2016

Jerry D. Holder Jerry D. Holder, age 74, of Sterling, died Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Rock Falls Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Jerry was born May 8, 1941 in Coello the son of William and Dora (Wheeler) Holder. He married Elaine Hubbard on November 26, 1969 in Dixon. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 30 years and was a member of Harvest Time Bible...
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Lois I. Mitchell

April 11, 1929 - February 10, 2016

Lois I. Mitchell Lois I. Mitchell, age 86, of Mt. Morris, formerly of Sterling, died Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Pinecrest Manor. Lois was born April 11, 1929 in Winfred, S.D. the daughter of Frank and Ethel (Schisler) Fritz. She married Robert Mitchell on August 1, 1978 in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on December 11, 1998. Lois was a homemaker and was a member of Harvest Time...
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Linda A. Musche

March 6, 1953 - February 10, 2016

Linda Ann Musche, age 62 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Linda was born on March 6, 1953 in Sterling, the daughter of James and Thelma (Ague) Kilday. She married Gary Musche on July 12, 1975 in Sterling. Linda worked as a LPN at CGH Clinic for 41 years retiring in April 2015. She enjoyed motorcycle travels and in the past, riding snowmobiles....
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James E. Henry

February 8, 1942 - February 10, 2016

James Edward Henry, age 74 of Sterling, died Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at his home under the care of Gaffey Hospice. He was born on February 8, 1942, in Sterling, the son of Ervin and Marie (Schauff) Henry. He graduated from Newman High School in 1960 and was inducted into the Newman High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. He served in the United States Air Force from 1960-1964. James...
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Vingene "Bud" Martens

December 3, 1936 - February 9, 2016

ROCK FALLS, IL – Vingene "Bud" Martens, 79 of Rock Falls died Tuesday February 9, 2016 at his home. He was born on December 3, 1936 in Davenport, IA the son of Billie and Ethel (Peterson) Martens and was a Graduate of St. Ambrose University with a BA in Accounting. He served in the USAF from 1955 – 1958 having been in Japan and Korea. Bud married Wanda Cromer on November 19, 1966 in...
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